Donna Ferber - Psychotherapist, Author & Speaker

Donna_HPPhoto2Life is filled with difficult challenges and changes. These include divorce, retirement, empty-nesting, illness, job loss and aging. Like a pebble dropped in calm waters, change shakes everything up. The ripples of change are far reaching, often in ways we could not imagine. In times of transition, we are often faced with life altering decisions. It is not surprising that we feel overwhelmed.However, it is in transition when we can experience the most intense personal growth and profound transformation. For 31 years as a therapist, I have been privileged and inspired to share this journey with hundreds of clients.

My goal is to support and empower you during this challenging time. We will address the depression and anxiety that often accompanies transition. These symptoms are often relieved with individual therapy, support groups, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavior techniques or meditation. Rather than fit the client to a rigid template of psychotherapy, together we will explore which modalities and techniques are right for you.

My clients experience a non-judgmental and accepting environment where authenticity is encouraged and transformation is celebrated. And because connection is a great healer, group work and annual retreats serve as important adjuncts to individual sessions. Among other positive experiences, they offer affirmation, empowerment and a renewed sense of the joy and wonder of life.

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream, Discover.”  – Mark Twain

Talking with Children about Mental Health

This month, I am pleased to welcome Julie Cipes, LPC as my guest blogger. She offers practical and useful information for dealing with kids and their feelings! In light of the school shooting epidemic that is plaguing our nation, one topic that has come to surface is the connection between mental health and access to […]

Denial

It has been a tough week. Denial and his sidekicks, Minimalization and Rationalization were running around my office getting in everyone’s head. Those scoundrels wreak havoc wherever they go. Denial whispers prettily, “Why go for that mammogram? You feel fine and it hurts sooo much!”. Minimalization coos gently, “It is not abuse if he only […]

Beating March Doldrums

We, in the northeast, have reached that time of the year when we are ready to throw open the windows, shed our winter coats, pull out t-shirts and shorts and head for the garden or beach. Unfortunately, March weather is not cooperating. We get teased with a sunny day in the 60’s and are exhilarated; […]

Is my Child Transgender? A Compassionate Approach to Your Child’s Gender Exploration.

This week’s blog is written by Alyssa Leonard, LCSW. I hope you find it thought compelling. Please feel free to share it with others who may have a transgender child.   When faced with the realization that their child may be transgender, parents experience a vast range of emotions and a million questions. It is […]