David W. Donaldson
PhD, M. Div., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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The journey you are considering is one I myself have taken. Born into a large family filled with conflict, I lived in continual feelings of fear and anger. My parents were good, hard working people who did not know how to be emotionally supportive and accepting. Shame and harsh discipline were their well-intended disciplinary tools. As my heart split into a battleground between the Prodigal Son and the Elder Brother, I found myself alternately rebelling and trying to get everything right.
The accidental death of an older brother when I was eleven, the only family member with whom I felt safe, left me feeling more alone than ever. In music, athletics and a hyper-religiosity, I sought a means to feel that I was acceptable. After graduate school, within six months of taking my first job, I crashed and burned. I felt like a hopeless failure and developed an illness that went undiagnosed for 45 years. Years of psychotherapy and spiritual searching followed with a few good and, unfortunately, a few incompetent therapists. I was floundering, wounded and confused, driven by a hope that healing of body and soul was possible; so I persisted until I finally found the healing and peace I sought. My Elder Brother and Prodigal Son made peace with each other.
The illness, first blamed on a bad attitude and a way to manipulate sympathy, persists, but it turns out it was a genetically based, unusual form of arthritis. But I see it now as a teacher at whose hands I have learned some humility, some wisdom, some patience and some compassion I otherwise might not have learned.
Retirement does not appeal to me. I love what I do; integrating spiritual and psychological insights in a holistic manner. I enjoy bringing a lifetime of personal experience and professional training to those who seek my help. Should you choose to work with me, I will be your faithful teacher and guide.
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David W. Donaldson, PhD, M. Div.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Practicing psychologist for over 40 years; individual, couple and group therapy, marital and sexual problems, extended family conflicts, depression, anxiety, panic, pain, anger, sexual abuse phobias, Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and stress-related problems.
PhD, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA 1969
M.A., California State College at Los Angeles, 1965
B.A., California State College at Los Angeles, 1963
M.Div., Denver Seminary, 1957
B.A., Rockmont College, 1954
Post-Doctoral Training and Experience
Eye Movement Desensitization and Restructuring (EMDR)
Beginning and advanced training.
Served as assistant trainer.
Dissociative Personality Disorder
Former Clinical Director, Genesis Program for DID patients at Centennial Peaks
Hospital Lewisville, CO, and Porter Hospital, Denver, CO.
Certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
Trained with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.
Associate Editor, Psychotherapy, Research and Practice (a Journal of the American Psychological Association).
Past President, Colorado Chapter of the International Society for the Study of
Ordained Minister, American Baptists – Served as Minister of Counseling at the American
Baptist Counseling Center, Los Angeles, 1965-1967.
American Psychological Association
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists
Ministers’ Counsel of the American Baptist Convention
Dr. Donaldson was born in Missouri. He spent his elementary and high school years in Grants Pass, OR where his father was a dairy farmer. His early interests were athletics, singing and spirituality. He financed his undergraduate education by singing and by working in Oregon sawmills. In college and graduate school, he held various student body offices. He has been in private practice in Denver since 1972. His professional interests have focused on the integration of spirituality and psychology.
He has a son, four daughters, and eleven grandchildren.
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