Welcome to the journey of self-discovery and healing.
You’re probably seeking professional help for emotional healing, psychotherapy, or spiritual direction, but may be asking, “What does this mean?” We see all three as the collaboration of traveler and guide on a particular path.
With over 40 years’ combined experience, we’ve guided many different travelers through narrow passages and up cliffs that were too much for them to scale alone.
“Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.”
Individual therapy is your personal journey, a time when you come away from life’s demands and focus on yourself.
The relationships you have in life are fulfilling and valuable but from time to time these relationships may need some direction or a new perspective from a third party.
Couples seeking help are often caught in a blame game. Healing begins with dropping the fault-finding and looking for a deeper understanding of the legitimate needs that are not getting met.
On your journey you may find yourself in a more reflective spiritual place. You might have expected that finding solutions to your problems, resolving conflict in your life, and working through your pain would make your life better, only to be surprised by a gnawing feeling of unrest.
David W. Donaldson, Ph.D., M. Div., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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Methods of Treatment
I believe the primary tool of the therapist is the therapist. If I have not personally found peace, how can I possibly help anyone else find peace? If I have not done my own healing, how can I be a healer? If I do not know how to love, how can I teach anyone else to love?
My therapeutic orientation is eclectic. I entered my PhD program with two years supervised experience as a Pastoral Counselor. Since those two years satisfied the requirements for my Externship and part of my Internship I was able to use that time to learn other therapeutic approaches, studying under the best I could find of therapist-teachers; Behavior Modification Therapy with Zev Wanderer, PhD, professor at UCLA, at his Beverly Hills clinic, Hypnotherapy with Raymond La Scola, MD, Jungian Therapy with Robert Gerard, PhD, and Existential Therapy with Carol Wright, Th. D. For my dissertation I compared the relative effectiveness of three desensitization techniques in the treatment of phobias.
I was the first in Colorado to learn Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have studied Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT), an adaptation of acupuncture for emotional issues, healing prayer, and Mindfulness. I am an admirer of John Gottman PhD, David Schnarch PhD, and Sue Johnson’s Emotion Focused Therapy.
When I journey with a client I hold firmly to the belief that we are dealing with the whole person and not just one aspect of the person. The body, mind, emotions, and spirit all intertwine. To not consider how each is likely to interact with the whole person is to overlook a piece of the puzzle that could lead to a breakthrough.
My therapeutic approach is eclectic. No two clients are alike so I do not adhere to one therapeutic approach for all. I strongly believe that drawing from many approaches allows me to be respectful of each client’s unique needs. I am compassionate, intuitive, and fully sensitive to the wounds of the past as well as to current day wounds. Discovering what approach works best for each person is often what makes the difference in the success of the therapy process.
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24000 US Highway 40, Golden, CO 80401
Our location is on US Highway 40, one mile west of Exit # 256 (Lookout Mountain Exit) off I-70 westbound.