As a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Holistic Behavioral Therapist, Grief Recovery Specialist, Author, and Speaker, I have spent the last 15 years helping clients move through and beyond unresolved grief, depression, severe anxieties, addictions, sleep problems, self esteem and confidence, and a variety of other challenges. Prior to that, I worked as a high school biology teacher, sales trainer and manager, and a massage therapist. In addition to working with others, I have done a great deal of work on my own "Self". I believe my personal experiences, as well as, the experiences of the clients I have helped gives me the ability and wisdom to help others navigate their own journey.
In 2006, after my brother's suicide, I wrote and published my first book; Looking At The World Through A Fractured Lens- Subconscious Clutter And Grief Distort Our Vision. This book is meant to help with understanding the profound effect our past and unresolved grief have on our present and future lives. It is for anyone who wants a better understanding of some of the deeper causes/reasons for severe anxieties, phobias, depression, addictions, and a variety of other mental, emotional, or physical challenges. Everyone can relate to something in this book. My second book, Yes, You Can Have Success, Love, and Abundance- You Can Do It With R.E.S.P.E.C.T., is a little book of hope, inspiration, and encouragement. The book is for anyone who is Starting Out or Starting Over, or anyone who just wants the boost of hope we all need or want from time to time. Achieving the goals or desires we want for ourselves is not simply a matter of being more motivated or having a more positive attitude. The roots of our success (how ever you define it), prosperity, or love, grow very deep and involve who and what you think you are, and who and what you really are. The book combines notes, quotes, and wizdom to guide you to where ever you want to go.
Articles written have appeared in: The Sacramento Business Journal, West Sacramento Press, The Union, The Florida Times Union,
ACCESS ( The Official Journal of the ABH and ABNLP), Self Growth.com, Task.com., and Going Bonkers Magazine.
Speaking Engagements in California and Oregon:
Churches.... Skilled Nursing Facilities/ Hospice... Wellness Centers... Rotary and Lions Clubs
A Few Words From Others.. There is Something for just about Everyone... Take
Your Time and Read Through These For Your Own Hope and Encouragement For Greater Well Being...
For over twenty years I had been treated by several doctors for depression and panic attacks. All my life I have felt as if I was under a dark cloud that just kept following me around.. Donna, now I feel Like I owe you so much and I want to tell everyone about you, because I want everyone to feel as happy, alive, and free as I do right now. Gale; Sacramento, Ca.
I came to see you because I wanted to unburden myself and dig out from all the hurt, anger, and sadness I have been dragging around with me all my life. For years I have been going to doctors and therapist, reading books, and talking to friends and family in an effort to feel better and help myself. Even when I felt "happy" there was always sadness in me. I was always depressed and sick with one illness or another. All of this had a very negative effect on my relationships as well... Now my heart is glad and I feel radiant... I have a sense of peace and calm, and I feel like I don't know how I could ever repay you for what you have done for me. Karen; Office Manager..Fairfield, Ca.
At the time I heard you speak, I had known for years that there were many fears I had that I could not identify exactly, but I knew were affecting my life in a very negative way. I wanted to be more effective in the relationships in my life, and to have more focus and clarity... I am now living with more awareness, clarity, and integrity, and life now has a wonderful continuity and flow. I am more focused and balanced as I go through my day. I am thankful our paths crossed, Donna, and I would recommend you to others. Winifred; Health Administrator.. Fairfield, Ca.
When I first came to see you speak, I knew I had a lot of "stuff " to get rid of but I didn't know exactly what the stuff was that needed to go. I never believed my opinion mattered and I always felt unworthy. I felt uncomfortable making decisions and experienced a lot of stress...Now, I find myself speaking up and confidently making decisions. I feel empowered, confident, and I lot calmer. I believe if someone truly wants to be helped, your therapy technique would definitely improve their life. Gerri; Office Manager.. Stockton, Ca.W
When I met Donna I explained to her that I am Bipolar and have suffered from sleep and anxiety problems all my life, which made my bipolar symptoms worse. I took double amounts of anxiety medication at night so I wouldn't wake up from an anxiety attack. Doctors over the years
have told me that sleep is one of the most important things for me and my health concerns so I purchased new mattresses for more comfort and taken several different prescribed sleeping pills... After 5 sessions with Donna, I started to feel better, was less grumpy, and had more
energy. I realized That I had been falling asleep, sleeping through the night without the anxiety that had caused me to wake at night, and waking in the morning feeling rested. I was more relaxed and less tired and had energy to go out during the day and get more things done. An added benefit is that I don't have to take sleeping pills anymore. Oleita; Grass Valley, Ca.
For almost 2 years I was experiencing night terrors. Horrible continuous nightmares. Every night I found myself running to save my life, and waking up in sweat, my heart racing. I have an irregular heartbeat and a fast pulse, and this aggravated the situation. I attended a lecture given by Donna and decided to go see her. About half way through the sessions my dreams started shifting and I awoke peacefully . As the days went by, I felt less and less tense. I also noticed I have become more accepting of situations and the nightmares have not returned. I feel that Donna's sessions are life changing. Carmen; caregiver.. Portland, Or.
I started working with Donna because one morning I woke up and decided I had "Had It" and I wanted to deal with my anger, my high stress level , and gain a clearer perspective on my life and its direction. I found the unique technique used by Donna to be easy, non-invasive, gentle and very effective. Now I am more balanced and more positive in my outlook. My energy level has noticeably increased and I no longer get "sucked in" to other people's problems. I have released a great deal of anger stemming from my son's disability and now know That I have done a very good job in helping my bright son become very functional. I realize now I can do things for myself that I want to do, and am beginning to explore various opportunities that I would not have explored before out of fear that I always needed to be available to my son. It is a relief , and feels good to no longer feel "linked as one" to my son. Joan.. Sherwood, Or.
Prior to starting my sessions with you I felt like I was nothing. I would think about the woman I used to be before my mastectomies, and how I was now. I smiled and laughed around other people, but it was only to cover up the pain I was feeling inside myself. When I started working with you I wanted to be able to feel better about myself and be able to deal more effectively with my health challenges and physical disabilities. In spite of all these challenges I still wanted to feel good about myself... I wanted to feel whole. I never thought I would feel whole and beautiful again, but I definitely do! Your unique therapy has enabled me to know and understand that I am being comforted and looked after within. It has allowed me to have a deep inner "knowing" that I am beautiful and special, and there is no reason I should feel that I am not whole and perfect just as I am.
Prior to working with you, I was sleeping poorly. I might sleep for four hours then waking up every 2 hours the rest of the night...never getting a good night's sleep. Now, I lie down and fall asleep easily and sleep very restfully, soundly, and peacefully all night. My smile, laughter, and joy is now genuine and coming from my heart. Leona Davenport... Fairfield, Ca.
When I started my sessions with you I had not seen or spoken to my mother in four years, and I had no intentions of having any contact with her in the foreseeable future. However, I have just spent a wonderful, loving, and very healing weekend with my mother. When you and I started working together, I felt that I had gotten past the anger I felt toward my mother and things in my childhood, but I had never been able to forgive myself for severing my connection to my mother. A part of me had never found forgiveness for my mother either. Through your work with me, I was able to have very comforting and positive memories that I had completely forgotten about, and memories that brought me joy. It enabled me to release the inhibitions and unwillingness I had to breach the gap of separation with my mother and gave me a sense of peace and balance within myself to finally forgive myself and my mother. Your technique is so gentle, easy, and effective, and I was very surprised at how quickly I noticed positive changes in my thoughts and emotions. I never expected to be where I am now in such a short period of time. Andrea.. Fairfield, Ca.
My childhood was one of several types of abuse and I have searched diligently for help in the past thirty some years with several types of conventional and alternative methods/types of therapy, and each time my hopes were dashed when I realized I was not going to get the help I needed even though I worked very hard and with great courage. I have wanted to feel whole, feel like I mattered to myself and others, to feel like I could take care of myself emotionally, and to feel hope and belief that I had a future of joy and love. I wanted a life that transcended the trauma previously experienced in my life. This trauma included the effects on my physical body from a head injury.
Hope is the knowledge that I have a body, mind, heart, and spirit which does not have to be sapped of life energy just to survive. I am living in a way I never thought possible, even in my wildest dreams. I can and am turning my attention and energy to other hopes and dreams, not just surviving. The changes I felt began very early on in the sessions with Donna, and the knowledge and skill she has was a key to a door, a door which would not open no matter what I did or how much energy I expended on my own behalf. I have experienced a multitude of emotional, mental, and physical changes, and one of the most wonderful is not suffering from frequent and all encompassing depression. I am different in the eyes of others as well as my own. Friends have also decided to work with Donna because they can see the difference in me. Neeshone, sculptor and hospice nurse... Portland, Ore.
"Use the talent you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that
sang the best ". Henry Van Dyke
"Life isn't about waiting for (or trying to make) the storm pass, it's about
learning to dance in the rain". Vivian Greene