2401 Stanwell Drive

Suite 460, Office #2

Concord CA, 94520

donna@diablovalleycounseling.com

 

Tel: (925) 338-1556

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© 2018 by Donna Christianson, MA, AMFT #101873

Supervised by Kathleen Benitez, LCSW #17747

Practicing through the auspices of Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, a nonprofit organization providing affordable counseling & psychotherapy services to adults, children & adolescents, couples and families throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

About Me

About Me

 

I have had a desire to help and care for those around me all my life.  I work with people who are having a hard time because life just sucks sometimes. We all need support from time to time. I specialize in working with trauma survivors, domestic violence victims, sexual abuse survivors, as well as depression and anxiety.  

 

Everyone struggles with life at one point or another. It is easy to fall into a trap of wishing we had someone else's life but in reality, I wouldn't trade my suitcase with anyone else because it is mine. That is often a challenge in itself is to own our pain and sit with it. I know this from personal experience.

 

I am a survivor of abuse, a broken home, adoption, a blended family and relationship pitfalls. I can sit with couples in consistent conflict because I have experienced it first-hand. I am able to understand it and help couples successfully resolve conflict. I understand being bullied by peers, an experience that allows me to assist teenagers in navigating the unforgiving environment of high school.

I bring who I am into this work to be a beacon of light to each and every one of my clients. We are all human and we all have wounds. Therapy can be the place to begin healing these wounds, stitching ourselves back together or filling the cracks with hope.

Logistical Information

I am a registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist, practicing through Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center located in the San Francisco Bay Area. My office is located in Concord, CA. I am a fully trained Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Practitioner through the Institute of Creative Mindfulness.

Supervisor Information:

Kathleen Benitez, LCSW 17747 

Current Affiliations / Licenses:

  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #101873, California Board of Behavioral Services

  • California Association of Marriage Family Therapist (CAMFT)

  • East Bay CAMFT

  • Psychology Today

  • Good Therapy.org

Education:

  • John F. Kennedy University with my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology specialized in Transpersonal therapy

  • San Francisco State University Bachelors in Psychology with a focus in Developmental Psychology.

I have experience working with: 

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions/Divorce

  • Eating Issues

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Addiction/Relapse Prevention

  • Adoption

  • Pain Management/Chronic Pain

  • Stress Management

  • Domestic Violence/Abuse 

  • Sexual Assault/Harassment 

  • Spirituality

  • Women's Issues

  • LGBTQI Issues

  • Communication Difficulties

  • Boundary Setting
     

How it all works to get started:

I offer a 20-minute free phone consultation and after that you will have the option to schedule an appointment. Typically, sessions are 50 minutes but longer sessions are available.