Donata T Senda, MA, LMFT (LMFT # 114304)

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Donata is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of hands-on social work and clinical experience working with adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, and process addictions, self-harm, eating disorders, suicidality, and other behavioral and emotional issues pertaining to all areas of their lives.  Donata works from an individualistic holistic approach, being sensitive and aware of cultural, spiritual, and aspects of client’s lives which can impact their daily functioning of each individual in a unique way.

Donata attained a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University. She also has a Masters in Social Work from the London Metropolitan University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Social Policy from Middlesex University (UK). Donata’s areas of training, specialty, and interests are in crisis intervention, trauma,  CBT/DBT Skills, Somatic Experiencing and Family Systems, and Attachment-Based Family therapy (ABFT).

Donata is eclectic in her approach to working with various communities and draws from humanistic, existential, integrative, solution-focused, and family systems modalities.  Donata’s philosophy is that she meets each individual exactly where they are at. Donata’s expertise is in working with adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, substance abuse, process addictions, cross addictions, trauma and PTSD, and family systems.

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