I came to work in the field of substance abuse treatment as many of us do, by way of my own recovery. In 1991, I completed treatment in Columbia, MO and began attending 12 step meetings. When my addiction was put into remission by the Grace of my Higher Power one day at a time, I was able to begin my college education with the help of Vocational Rehabilitation. I graduated with a degree in social work because I have a strong desire to help people. During my career, I have worked at domestic violence shelters and several different treatment centers. I started working as a counselor for in 2001. While pursuing my Master’s Degree, I worked as a Program Director of an opiate treatment center. Since 2011, I have worked as a counselor, admissions counselor, UR clinician, and Clinical Program Director. I have a wealth of experience with addiction counseling, and frequently work with men, women, couples, LGBTQ, diagnosis of Bipolar and Personality Disorders. I also have extensive training and experience with Grief and Suicide Prevention. When I reflect on the changes in my life over the past 25 years, I am immensely grateful. I recently have decided to work in private practice and I hope to have many more years of opportunity to help others find a more stable, satisfying life.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Codependency, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Multicultural Concerns, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
MO LPC 2016037349
Donette is amazing to work with! She listens, understands my concerns, and helps me see a way through. I laugh, cry, share and always feel better after talking to her. I will always recommend her to anyone who needs someone to talk to. I’m thankful to have her in my corner!
Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Donette for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I'm still getting to know Donette, but she seems genuine and kind and I appreciate her energy.
Written on Aug 26, 2022 after therapy with Donette for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and coping with life changes
Donette has helped me so much through my day to day life. Every session ends with new knowledge on how to make my life better. She listens really well and genuinely cares about me and my feelings. She is very responsive and caring!
Written on Jul 01, 2022 after therapy with Donette for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I’ve been enjoying working with Donette greatly this far
Written on May 14, 2022 after therapy with Donette for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
100/10 cannot stress enough how much she has helped me.
Written on Apr 07, 2022 after therapy with Donette for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and compassion fatigue
Donette was wonderful to work with. She kept me staying postive and helped me with figuring out the right questions to ask of myself. It was a pleasure talking with her and be able to find my self worth.
Written on Apr 04, 2022 after therapy with Donette for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem