Spencer Donovan

(MS, LMFT)
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About Me

Are you struggling to gain traction in your life towards achieving your hopes and dreams? Is depression, anxiety, or uncertainty sapping your motivation and drive? Does your current situation seem so complex and confusing that you worry you'll never figure it out or ever get through it? If those feelings or situations are familiar to you, I'm here to tell you you're not alone and I can help you get through them!

As the middle of 9 children, I often found it a struggle during my formative years to fit in with my peer group and focus on meaningful goals for my life. My interactions with therapists as a teenager and then as a young adult instilled a desire within me to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology and then a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. I've provided mental health treatment to individuals, couples, and families in a community mental health center for nearly 6 years now; and I've seen a little bit of everything from Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Schizophrenia. I've especially found meaningful work helping people improve their interpersonal relationships and/or learning to overcome traumatic experiences. My treatment approach is a mixture of cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and narrative therapies; and for trauma in particular I like to use either cognitive processing therapy or trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

If there is one thing that I have learned from my personal and professional experience in therapy, it is the value of having support that is both encouraging and understanding. Every person has a unique story and challenge that they find difficult to address whether it be mental or emotional struggles from the uncertainties of life to developing the discipline and courage to address the changes they have been putting off. Whatever your difficulty may be, I will be there to walk you through it. I look forward to helping you get to a better place in your life!


Specialties

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

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

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LMFT #95261663902 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by C.A. on Oct 18, 2021 after therapy with Spencer for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, anger management, coaching, and adhd

Spencer is the best! Great at offering resources and providing advice.

Written by K.I. on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with Spencer for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Spencer is very warm, understanding, and easy to talk to. He is a great listener and offers great insights and asks good questions where he sees fit. I quit going to a different therapist in the past because I felt that I was paying too much for too little help. With Spencer, I feel that when I decide to quit, it will be because our sessions were truly productive and I will have the tools and knowledge prepared to thrive on my own!

Written by C.A. on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with Spencer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Spencer made me feel comfortable right away and helped me think through my difficulties. He was also very understanding about my schedule and messaged me when I had to wait on setting an appointment. I liked that because it gave me a chance to check in with him on my progress when I couldn’t see him that week.