Donna is a licensed independent mental health practitioner (LIMHP) currently providing services at Williamsburg Behavioral Psychology (WBP).
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Sociology from Regents College of New York (1993-1997). Donna then worked at Visinet as a Family Support Worker and transportation specialist, and taught Women in Highway Construction trades, class B CDL, truck driving–as an adjunct instructor at SCC and drove a dump truck and a concrete truck. Prior to that Donna worked as a cosmetologist and a bartender.
Donna then returned to college and earned a Master of Arts in Counseling (MC) degree from Doane University in Lincoln, Nebraska (2006-2010).
Donna completed her practicum and internship at Voices of Hope (rape, spouse abuse, crisis center) in Lincoln, Ne. (2009-2012) the Omaha reservation in Macy, Ne. (2012), People’s City Mission-Free Medical Clinic in Lincoln, Ne. (2013-2016), and then worked in a contract position at Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (2016-2018). She most recently served at the Lincoln Regional Center (LRC) psychiatric hospital in the Women’s Acute Psychiatric and Forensic Ward, and the Men’s Acute Psychiatric Ward (2018-2021) before returning to private practice at WBP in April 2021.
Donna has held several certifications including MBTI (Meyers Briggs Type Indicator) personality type assessment, CCTP (certified clinical trauma professional), CDCS (certified dementia care specialist), and is currently in training for certification as a CMHIMP (certified mental health integrative medicine provider) for increased awareness of the mind-body connection.
Donna works with adults suffering from trauma, anxiety, depression, nightmares, obsessive compulsive disorders, disassociation, and many other issues, with the goal of individual empowerment for each unique individual.
She uses DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), Adlerian, Bibliotherapy (the use of books in therapy), Cinema Therapy (the use of movies in therapy), Motivational interviewing, Bio-destressing, Mindfulness and meditation, Dream work, Grief and bereavement, Spirituality, and Family of origin issues.
Donna also has extensive experience in domestic violence dynamics and therapy. Her mottos are “To thine own self be true” and “How can I move into my greatest and highest good?” with a focus on individual empowerment and emotional freedom. Each client is the authority of their own truth. Donna also knows many resources and can refer as needed to ensure each client is matched with their ideal services.
- Sexual health education for mental health practitioners (2020) (LRC)
- Domestic violence basics (2020) (UNO school of criminology)
- Relaxation group with labyrinth, progressive muscle relaxation & mindfulness meditation (2019) (LRC)
- Domestic violence basics (2019) (UNO school of criminology)
- DBT TIP skills-crisis intervention (2019) (LRC)
- Caring for the patient in crisis-pearls & perils, (2017) NE academy of physician’s assistants) (NAPA)
- Bio-destressing-what is and how to apply it for providers and patients (2017) (NAPA)
- Domestic Violence-Unscripted radio interview with Scott Colburn. (2016) (KZUM radio)
- Healthy relationships, dating violence, sexuality & human trafficking (2016) (NE dept of ed.)
- Weekly Jungian dream group (2014-2016) (Fox hall)
- Healing the Hurt. Newspaper article, (Lincoln Journal Star) (2014)
- Domestic violence & substance abuse (2012) (NE recovery network & spirit-quest)
- Dating violence (2011) (Antler’s recovery center)
- Dating violence (2011) (NE dept of ed. Youth conference)
- Domestic violence basics (2010) (Antler’s recovery center)
- Dating violence prevention in schools-the new rules LB63 (co-facilitator) NE dept of ed. Administrator’s days) The Lindsay Ann Burke Act.