Donna Read


Donna Read

Donna Read


Professions: Counselor, Life Coach, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a certified professional.
Primary Credential: Registered Psychotherapist
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Pavilion Tower One, 2851 South Parker Road
Suite 990
Aurora, Colorado 80014

My Approach to Helping

I have more than forty hours of direct-contact work with the 2014 ACT Boot Camp, which including training under ACT founders Kelly Wilson, Stephen Hayes, and Kirk Strosahl. I also pursued in-person training with Stephen Hayes in Denver in 2013, with Matthiew Villatte in Denver in 2013, with Kevin Polk in Denver in 2014, with Martin Block in Denver in 2013, with Brenda Bomgardener and Christine Allison in Denver in 2013, and with Michael Twohig in Denver in 2013.

I have also sought training from other respected ACT researchers, developers, and practitioners. I consistently hone my skills via ACT webinars and dedicated self-study. I remain abreast of the work of major leaders in the ACT movement, and consult with several of these leaders. I have worked in mental health for almost two decades, and in the professional business world for several decades.

In addition to my ACT training, I am also skilled and trained in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). This ACT-based therapy helps clients nurture forgiveness, compassion, and gentleness with themselves. I find that CFT can quiet self-critical internal scripts, alter destructive behaviors that result from low self-esteem, and boost self-confidence and performance capacity. CFT can also help clients address issues stemming from insecure attachments, thereby addressing interpersonal relationships and the internal family system.

I am highly experienced at helping clients manage stress and recover from trauma. In addition to ACT, I also use somatic therapies (Wolterstorff, Levine, Ogden) to alleviate stress and trauma and restore balance to the mind and body. I am brain-based in orientation, remaining on top of new developments in neurology. I believe that this focus helps therapy have a long-term impact. Therapies that only tackle the "thinking brain" may not succeed without exploring unconscious processes.

I am a certified clinical trauma professional, and I offer both treatment and assessment. I have trained under some of the most renowned trauma scholars, including Daniel Siegel, Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Bill O'Hanlon, Robert Scaer, Ruth Lanier, Pat Ogden, and many others. I am passionate about healing trauma, whether it occurs due to a natural disaster, conflict, family system, relationship, workplace, or other environmental stress. I am happy to tell you more about my approach, so you can explore what you can expect from therapy with me. I invite you to call me so we can discuss how I might help.

Donna C. Read, owner of Managing for Wellness, LLC, holds a MA in Clinical Psychology, is a certified coach, consultant and psychotherapist with training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Training (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, Functional Analytic Psychology, and the somatic therapies for trauma and stress. She has several decades of U.S. and international experience, more than ten of which have been in psychotherapy and organizational behavior. Donna has extensive experience with the reintegration of U.S. citizens returning from overseas as well as with refugee counseling, transition and integration. Her training and experience include many years working with at-risk youth in correctional settings and probationers. She is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. She is fluent in French, has some command of Arabic, and is highly skilled in multi-cultural work.

More Info About My Practice

Because, as a therapist, your mental health is of great concern to me, I keep my practice as reasonably priced as I possibly can. I offer competitive prices and various packages to prepaid clients. If desired, I also work with you to provide you with a super bill to present to your insurance company. I am an out-of-network provider and do not bill insurance companies directly. Be aware that all insurance claims require a medical model diagnosis, even if one doesn't exist. The problem with this, besides the fact that it assumes there is something medically wrong with a person, is that the diagnosis can affect or limit future insurance coverage and may hurt chances for certain types of employment. The number of sessions you are allowed to receive is determined by your insurance company, not be you or your therapist. Counseling at Managing for Wellness is completely confidential, which means that information regarding your diagnosis and sessions is never shared without your knowledge and authorization.

Managing for Wellness offers coaching services to help clarify and resolve workplace and career transition issues. These services also assist with workplace stress and relationship issues. Social and emotional intelligence assessing and life examination processes are part of these services. I believe that the more clarity you have around your values and goals, the more present you can be in the moment, the more open you can be to your emotions, thoughts, sensations and memories, the better equipped you can be to live your life in a way that supports who you are or want to become. This is a very goals based approach, addressing both your long term visions, your plans for getting where you want and the goals you need to set to get there, both in the short and long-term.

My Role as a Therapist

My focus on ACT therapy means I believe you are the expert on your own life. I do not see my clients as broken, but rather as "stuck," and primarily as "headstuck."

I do not view myself as perfect. Instead, we embark on a mutual journey as climbers embarking up separate mountains. I can see your perils and travails more clearly than you can, and may help you better see them so you can get "unstuck."

I prioritize your experiences and interpretations of those experiences. I pledge to be attuned to and mindful of your process, to help you understand your external and internal worlds, and to help you navigate your circumstances by being mindful and present in the moment. I partner with you to create an effective, meaningful life based on your values and a commitment to your vision and goals.

Your emotional safety in therapy is of paramount importance to me, as is your comfort to trust me to guide you in directions that help you accomplish your therapeutic goals.

I promise to partner with you in a relationship that is compassionate, vulnerable, equal, and genuine, and to know that you have an inherent ability to move from unworkable to effective responses.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • French

Groups I Work With

    Women in mid-life transition, women and self-esteem, job loss, career transition, survivors of violence (human and forces of nature), foreign assistance and humanitarian workers, displaced persons, probation and post-incarcertation adjustment and re-integration, at-risk adolescents, insecure attachment, internal and external family systems, thinking errors etc.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • 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
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anger Management
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Energy Psychology
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Healing Touch
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Integral Psychotherapy (IP)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Lifespan Integration (LI)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Reality Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Self-Relations Therapy
  • Shamanic Journeying / Psycho Shamanic
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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