LCSW, BCD (SW9492)
Dona is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida State University. She has been practicing in the fields of Psychology and Social Work for the past 19 years. Her professional experience includes working with adults, couples, families and military veterans in individual, group and family sessions.
Dona has worked with University of Florida providing crisis intervention counseling services for domestic and sexual violence survivors, individuals with suicidal behaviors and grief counseling to families as a result of suicide. She wrote and developed the video, “Options Following a Sexual Assault” that was used in Freshman Orientation and with the University of Florida Police Department for many years.
For the past 15 years she has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs in the fields of sexual trauma, suicide prevention, substance abuse and inpatient psychiatric care counseling. Her areas of expertise are PTSD, childhood sexual trauma/abuse, military sexual trauma, depression, anxiety, along with chronic medical and terminal illnesses. She utilizes an eclectic approach that includes trauma-informed care that is client centered and strength based as individuals work toward their unique therapeutic goals. She strives to build a foundation of trust and collaboration and views therapy as an interactive process that identifies events and experiences that have led to challenges in daily living. She possesses genuine care and concern for each individual that comes to share their story in an effort to find healing.