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.