Donna Christianson M.A., AMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Concord, California, 94520

Donna Christianson

M.A., AMFT

Donna Christianson

M.A., AMFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Mary Owen, LMFT #14190
Primary Credential: Associate Marriage and Family Therapist - #AMFT101873
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: My Fee is $100.00. My sliding scale ranges from $100.00 to $70.00

I have limited spots available for lower fee clients.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

Concord, California 94520

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My Approach to Helping

Are you in transition? Struggling with anxiety, depression, self-criticism or low self-esteem? Wanting to feel more empowered in your life, relationships and work? Tired of simply surviving? Are you seeking a warm, caring and skilled therapist who will listen and help support you to create a life that truly reflects and supports your aspirations and dreams? Who is devoted to your well-being and can offer both the practical help and emotional support to help you to thrive? If so, I'd like to help.

My approach to therapeutic work is grounded in holistic methodology. I work from a strength-based approach to empower my clients. I incorporate several different theories and models so I can utilize interventions that are uniquely tailored to each individual. I start with each client from a humanistic and relational standpoint to focus on the relationship and allow people to arrive as they are. Humanistic means that I work from a place of non-judgment. There are enough ways that we experience judgment and shame in the outside world that I work hard to provide a space that is free of that. I accept you as you are.

I also utilize Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) in my practice.

More Info About My Practice

I focus on creating a safe environment for my clients because coming into therapy, itself, can be very exposing. Admitting there is something that we want to change about ourselves or our lives is hard and it takes great courage.
I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #IMF101873. I work with teens, adults, and couples. I specialize in working with people who are couples in conflict, individuals who struggle with self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-worth. I help individuals look at their patterns in life and in relationships to help repair the hurt in their hearts. I am fully trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) by the Institute of Creative Mindfulness.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

A lot of wounding happens within relationships and I put great importance on the relationship between therapist and client. Developing a safe relationship with a therapist allows people to heal from all the relational wounding we can experience on a daily basis. Working relationally is to support people in finding healing and safety within a facet of life that is often harmful.

Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Trauma survivors, domestic violence survivors, victims of sexual assault and couples who are in crisis.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Hakomi
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integral Psychotherapy (IP)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Logotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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