Donald Ford

(LMHC, MCAP, TIRF)

About Me

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Master's Level Addiction Professional who has focused on diagnosing and treating a variety of clinical symptoms and disorders including substance abuse, addictions, eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, as well as low self-esteem for over 10 years. I have often treated clients who have experienced persistent and varied emotional and cognitive symptoms resulting from long-term relationship traumas and abuse. I have worked with individuals of all ages with severe and persistent psychopathology, including psychosis and severe behavioral and relationship problems. I have worked in all settings, from private practice to long term residential treatment facilities, as well as psychiatric hospitals.

I have developed an appreciation for each client's perspective, unique needs, and challenges in treatment. I prefer to work in the framework of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic modality, one of the most empirically validated treatment approaches. I am also certified in Traumatic Incident Reduction, or TIR, a therapeutic procedure that allows a person to desensitize painful experiences and reduce or eliminate the negative impact of traumatic, overwhelming events. I often integrate other theoretical orientations of therapy such as Client Centered, Solution Focused, Interpersonal, and Gestalt, focusing on reaching the client's goal(s) in therapy in addition to addressing and working to resolve the historical problem(s) that led to the distressing experience(s) that made the individual(s) seek help. Areas of expertise include addiction (substance and process), eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships, and communication.


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Eating disorders
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH12129 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Reviews

Written by K.A. on Jun 25, 2020 after counseling with Donald for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Donald was my first counselor ever and I couldn’t have asked for a better one. He is encouraging, warm and it seems like he truly cares about his patients. He is open, very non-judgmental, willing to listen and express his honest opinion about someone’s issues. I appreciate his help very much.

Written by C.O. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Donald for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and bipolar disorder

So far the whole experience has been sensational. Maybe I’ve been lucky and got matched with someone really good first time around. Donald has been fantastic, listening and offering advice along the line. I couldn’t have hoped for better.

Written by L.A. on May 31, 2020 after counseling with Donald for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

I have been working with Donald for the past few weeks and I’m really pleased we were matched. He is clearly very knowledgeable and I find that he is easy to talk to and always has valuable suggestions and advice. I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Donald.

Written by D.A. on May 16, 2020 after counseling with Donald for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Love this service, worth every penny. I was very down in the gutter and emotionally drained from the past trauma I've dealt with over the years, Donald Ford pulled me up and dusted me off. I've done a complete 360 since I've started counseling. Kicked my eight year long weed addiction, got a job, and enrolled back into college after a 2 year break. Thank you BetterHelp!

Written by A.L. on May 14, 2020 after counseling with Donald for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Donald has been so great and has provided me ways to help myself and since I talked to him, I am happy with how I am now, I do struggle sometimes, but I'm having more good days than bad.

Written by T.Y. on May 14, 2020 after counseling with Donald for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Donald has helped me tremendously and provided great support through such a new translation in my life. Not only does he provided amazing worksheets but he has also gave me great books or podcast to listen to that may help me as well. I’m very happy with him as a whole and appreciate everything he is doing for me.

Written by C.H. on May 13, 2020 after counseling with Donald for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and grief

Donald is great. He's thoughtful, caring, intelligent and compassionate. He's really helping me.

Written by R.I. on May 12, 2020 after counseling with Donald for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and anger management

Donald has been great always very responsive, and supportive. This is my first experience with counseling and it has been great.

Written by S.T. on May 02, 2020 after counseling with Donald for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Donald has brought so much light into my life. I've been going through some hard times this year and since speaking with Donald my life quality and mood have improved significantly. He is an excellent listener, he genuinely cares so much, he's very committed and consistent. He has a wide range of tools, much experience and knowledge he can match with your obstacles in life to get through them. I'd recommend Donald for anyone in a heartbeat. Thank you so much Donald!!

Written by E.M. on Apr 21, 2020 after counseling with Donald for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Donald is very supportive and provides great feedback.