About Me

Welcome to Betterhelp! I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in California with over 12 years of experience in providing high quality care to individuals seeking to become the best version of themselves. I am certified in Evidence Based Programs such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), and Seeking Safety Treatment Model.

I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, parenting problems, and toxic self-image beliefs. I also helped many people who have experienced physical/sexual trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm using empathetic listening and creating an atmosphere in which my clients feel safe. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I want clients to feel understood rather than being judged.

My approach combines cognitive behavioral, client/person-centered, solution-focused, psychodynamic, trauma-focused CBT, and teaching individuals how to be kind to self. I will tailor our treatment plans to meet your unique and specific needs. When you are ready to take your first step towards change, I am here to help guide you toward a more productive life.

I look forward to working with you.



Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #103910 (Expires: 2023-06-30)


Reviews

Written by S.H. on Jul 25, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Donna is refreshing and a God-sent. She is very understanding, supportive, and gives you helpful resources and practical day-to-day advice on how to manage your trauma and yourself daily. Not to mention, she is very easy to talk to! Thanks, Donna!

Written by E.M. on Jul 23, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Validates and is a compassionate therapist that treats me with respect and dignity while patiently helping me.

Written by M.I. on Jul 22, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Donna is such a kind, open, and generous therapist. Her empathy has been such a gift. She has given me a lot of tools to be able to better respond to the challenges that life throws and our sessions are a real highlight. I feel understood and seen by her and am so grateful for her!

Written by D.A. on Jul 21, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

I am so thankful for Donna she is so personable and nurturing. She gives real world advice with clinical information to back it up. My very first therapist and as scared as I was I’m loving the new skills I’m learning and seeing growth with every session we have. She tells it how it is and is very clear on expectations and how I can reach my goals.

Written by G.R. on Jul 20, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Ms. Donna Reed understands and emphasizes with me with what I’m going through. I’m
enjoying my session with her as she gives me great advices on how I can get better and improve my personal being.

Written by J.O. on Jul 20, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Thanks for everthing.

Written by S.A. on Jul 16, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Donna is very helpful, kind, and wise. I love her helpful approach and appreciate her honesty.

Written by S.A. on Jul 13, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Donna has been nothing but supportive and understanding of what I need to better improve myself. I would highly recommend her!

Written by S.U. on Jun 16, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

My partner and I started going to sessions with Donna because of some relationship issues we were having and she gave us cognitive behavioral/ psychological tools that helped us to work through our issues with her and with each other on our own , so we have been able to better learn how to communicate with each other and grow closer as a couple. Donna’s down-to-earth and warm personality helped me open up more and feel safe to talk about my fears and flaws. She is so open and compassionate that I think she would be a great therapist for anyone!!!

Written by T.O. on May 18, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

This is my first time seeking out a therapist to help in guiding me to get out of my negative thoughts and to help me coping with life issues better. Donna has been extremely helpful, caring and attentive in her work with me. She takes her time to fully understand who you are as a person and how your issues are affecting you.

Written by M.A. on May 17, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I'm blown away. I was helpless and hopeless. Donna is on top of her game. She knows her stuff. Highly recommend.

Written by V.A. on Apr 20, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I am extremely grateful to have found Donna. She truly listens to what I am saying and listens to what I am not saying. She has helped me become aware of others’ toxic patterns and behaviors behaviors as well as my own. She gently walks me through strategies to help change my negative patterns, leaving me hopeful after session. I never leave session thinking, “Well, what do I do now?” Which I absolutely love. I look forward to every session with Donna.

Written by P.R. on Apr 09, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Donna has been great! She understands what I would like to work on and provides different worksheets to help me.

Written by J.U. on Mar 12, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 3 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Donna was very receptive and explained complex ideas in thoughtful ways that made sense. Highly recommend, especially if looking for trauma-focused therapy.

Written by M.A. on Mar 07, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Donna is very knowledgeable and has excellent material to help make sense of what goes in one’s mind and behavior! She is also very empathetic, kind and a great listener. She not only listens to you but offers scientifically and psychological insight on your problems. She makes you feel like you have a friend. I always feel 100% lighter, empowered and enlightened after my sessions with Donna.

Written by L.A. on Feb 12, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I love Donna's ability to suggest additional resources and books that support my growth.

Written by C.H. on Jan 11, 2021 after counseling with Donna for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Easy to talk too. Appreciate our interaction.

Written by B.A. on Dec 30, 2020 after counseling with Donna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and eating disorders

She talks a lot of sense.

Written by L.A. on Nov 27, 2020 after counseling with Donna for 2 weeks

She’s very sweet and she’s very supportive