Laurie Donaldson Ph.D., Psychologist in Melbourne, Florida, 32940

Laurie Donaldson


Laurie Donaldson


Professions: Counselor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - PY9009
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
Fees: $150 for initial consultation
$125 for individual or family therapy (50 minute-hour)


3270 Suntree Blvd., Suite 216
Melbourne, FL 32940
Melbourne, Florida 32940

My Approach to Helping

I am interested in helping individuals and families navigate the psychological challenges inherent in modern living. These challenges often are expressed in the initial symptom that brings a person to psychotherapy in the first place. It may be depression, anxiety, or conflict in the person's relationships. Or it may be an inability to go forward in the same way one has previously, or the feeling of being 'stuck.' Together, we work to discover the meaning of the symptom, or the message that is being communicated so that an appropriate solution or course of action may be undertaken. It is especially gratifying to me to see the ways that people's lives can change after a committed effort in psychotherapy. New possibilities emerge in a person's life that previously were unattainable.

My approach as a psychologist is integrative. Just as no two people are alike, no two therapies will be the same. This is the 'art' of therapy. Each therapy naturally evolves from the personality of the therapist and that of the patient. In my work, I draw on traditional models of psychotherapy such as developmental, cognitive-behavioral, existential, and psychodynamic theory and practice. I also incorporate energy psychology, mindfulness, and new developments in neuropsychology in my work with individuals, when appropriate. Energy psychology involves work with chakras, meridians and electromagnetic activity of the body. It is very effective in facilitating rapid change in a relatively short amount of time and has been demonstrated to be highly effective particularly in the treatment of trauma. My approach with couples is based on the work of John Gottman. His is a research-based method that is very successful in treating relationship issues by identifying aspects of the relationship that are in trouble and tailoring interventions to address these areas while building on a couple's strengths. Whether treating individuals or families, my ultimate goal is to relieve suffering and assist in creation of a meaningful life.

More Info About My Practice

I obtained my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2002, following my own course of psychotherapy and after witnessing the profound effect it had on my life. Since then, I have practiced psychology in Pennsylvania and Florida with people of all ages in a variety of settings. In 2016, I founded Melbourne Integrative Psychology with the goal of integrating traditional psychological methods with newly emerging discoveries at the intersection of energy psychology, mindfulness, and neuropsychology.

My Role as a Therapist

My role as therapist is that of a consultant in that I have a training and expertise in the field of psychology that I bring to the therapy room. I also serve as a midwife, helping clients unearth long-standing patterns and realize new ways of being in the world. The client is the expert on the problem as they are the one living and experiencing the problem. My role is to facilitate communication so that together we can reach a deeper understanding and find solutions that work in the real world.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

A good therapeutic alliance between the client and the therapist is essential for good therapy to take place. The therapist and the client must work together to bring about change. That said, the client must feel comfortable with the therapist and the setting for the necessary trust to develop. The therapist is responsible for creating a safe atmosphere in which healing can occur and for maintaining the boundaries that secure trust.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adults, Adolescents, Older Adults, Young Adults experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma-related or relationship issues.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Energy Psychology
  • Existential Psychotherapy
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