Living is an adventure. Challenges awaken new perspectives and growth. There is a deep wellspring of potential within each of us.
My Approach to Psychotherapy
Life’s challenges can feel overwhelming. No one enjoys acknowledging loss or wrestling with internal demons. But sometimes we need to stop struggling and dive into the emotional depths. Anxiety, depression, addictions and anger mask grief … and untapped potential. If you are hurting, I can help.
Psychodynamic therapy probes the depths, revealing the rich treasures hidden within. It lifts the causes of distress to the surface, where painful issues may be examined. With a supportive therapist, this process nurtures a sense of well being and strengthens the desire to embrace the challenges of living. If you are ready to explore further, call for an initial one-hour appointment.
Born in Ottawa, Donna grew up in Toronto and Montreal. During the 1970s she received a B.A. (History) from McGill and then moved to Chicago to complete an M.A. (Divinity) at the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Meadville/Lombard Theological School. From 1979 until 2005 she and her husband raised two children while serving as Unitarian Universalist parish ministers – for ten years in Rochester NY followed by sixteen years in Toronto.
During the summer of 2005, Donna’s world took a complete change in direction. She and her husband both left the ministry. In June they sold their house, in August their youngest child moved to Michigan, and in September Donna began the Analyst Training Program. Over the next five year she and her husband led a wandering, homeless existence as Donna worked her way through the opus of Jung. A change of underwear, a couple of T-shirts, a pen, a notebook, a cup of coffee in the morning and the next volume of the Collected Works were all she held on to as she slowly put herself back together. Five years into the program Donna moved into a new home and began seeing clients. Today she is very happy to have graduated from a program that transformed her life.
Donna is a patron of Child Haven International, an organization that serves children and women in developing countries who are in need of food, education, health care, shelter and clothing. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts, the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association. She is a “closet” violinist and has helped build schools, visited children’s homes and backpacked in many parts of the world. Her thesis analyzed Hesiod’s Theogony, the oldest surviving poem in the Greek language. Exploring the archetypal elements of the text, she sought to uncover the visceral, preverbal experience of identity emergence and formation.
FeesInitial one-hour session, $40.00; regular hourly rate, $100.00; sliding scale
TrainingDonna is a graduate of the Analyst Training Program of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts
Approaches and TechniquesActive Imagination Therapy, Addiction Specialist, Analytical Psychology, Archetypal Approach, Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Deep Feeling Expressive Psychotherapy, Dream Analysis, Family Therapy, Individuation Process, Intergenerational Patterns, Jungian Analysis, Jungian Dream Work, Jungian Therapy, Marriage Counselling, Non-Directive Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Spiritual Direction
FocusAbuse in Childhood, Addiction Recovery, Anger Issues, Anxiety, Artistic Creative Expression, Bereavement, Couples Work, Death and Dying, Depression, Divorce and Separation, Dream Imagery, Emotional Healing, Family, Intergenerational Trauma, Loss and Grief, Relationships, Spirituality, and Other
Age SpecialtyTeenagers (14 to 19), Youth (20 - 25), Adults, and Elders
Session FormatPrivate Sessions