About me

I am licensed in Kentucky with 26 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Body Image , Cancer , Codependency , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Years of Experience: 26

Services offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


KY LCSW 1417


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Donna Birney. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Jan 17, 2023 after therapy with Donna for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

Donna has been so amazing to talk to. She is patient and supportive. She offers insightful advice that I find both reassuring and encouraging. I find myself much calmer since starting therapy with her.

Written on Jan 04, 2023 after therapy with Donna for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Donna is very kind and patient. She helped me find better ways to cope with my issues. I appreciate her.

Written on Nov 14, 2022 after therapy with Donna for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Donna has been amazing throughout my time with her. She is warm, encouraging and positive, but at the same time very practical. I love that she gives recommendations to put action to my words and change my focus and perspective on the things I'm struggling with. She is great!

Written on Aug 14, 2022 after therapy with Donna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I could write a novel of how amazing Donna Birney is, but I swear that it still wouldn't do her any justice. I just can't adequately describe how truly amazing she is. She is so real, so serious and blunt, but caring and considerate. She really has a way of putting things in a way that I understand. It is possibly the best experience in my life and I wish I could have met her years ago when I first thought about doing therapy. But I put it off for so long thinking I could just handle things, I'm strong, I've got a family to help me, I've got this! I was right, to some degree, but I didn't get it healthily. I was only strong for so long until I burned out and started losing joy in life and taking it out in unhealthy ways. Me putting it off really hindered growth. I gave advise often to people telling them that asking for help doesn't make you weak, meanwhile I was suffering for over a decade and never asked for help! I am just SO happy that when I finally said screw it, let's give this a shot and see how well it works, that I got matched to Donna!!!! She gets me. She understands. She relates! She encourages me to seek out joy and enjoy my life. To have fun! To take the time every day to actually care about myself, even if it's just for an hour and do something I enjoy doing! I don't think I've ever felt so at ease ever in my life. And just in 3 weeks, my anxiety and stress levels went from a traditional average of 8-10/10 down to a 5-ish. A weak 5 at that. I didn't know therapy would help THIS much! God.. how I wish I had started sooner! But I might not have met her if I did! THANK YOU DONNA!!!!

Written on Aug 10, 2022 after therapy with Donna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

I have already learned a lot by talking with Donna.

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