Donna earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. She holds certifications in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California, Irvine, Executive Functioning from Landmark College, and Life Coaching from the Jay Shetty School. She is currently pursuing an additional certification in couples therapy from the renowned Gottman Institute.
Before joining the Upshur Bren Psychology Group team, Donna's career was marked by her commitment to helping individuals across various age groups. In a community health setting, she employed an integrative and holistic therapeutic approach to counsel children, adolescents, and adults. Donna has a particular passion for empowering women navigating transitional phases of life, aiding them in discovering their voices and embracing the full spectrum of life's experiences. Her work with couples draws from the scientifically-backed Gottman Method, enhancing communication, trust, and emotional connection through an attachment lens.
Donna's expertise extends to college-age students seeking support in building community and self-confidence, as well as adolescents dealing with issues related to anxiety and ADHD. Moreover, she excels at fostering executive functioning skills in both children and adults. Donna's approach is uniquely tailored to each client's needs, addressing overwhelming anxious thoughts, and personal and professional challenges, providing vital support during challenging relationship phases, and nurturing positive parenting dynamics.
In a supportive and collaborative partnership with her clients, Donna's mission is to empower them to break free from any barriers that hold them back. Donna is deeply committed to helping her clients unlock their inner thoughts and mental imagery that may hinder their progress, enabling them to move forward with a newfound sense of well-being, confidence, competence, and growth.
With this knowledge, parents are able to develop their own personal parenting frameworks so they can respond confidently and effectively to any challenge that comes along, resulting in families that are healthier, calmer, and more connected with one another.