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

The Thanksgiving Elephant

Over the years, I have written many blogs about the stresses of holidays. Divorce, illness, a death, and unemployment are some of the issues that can cast a terrible pall over the holiday get togethers. Personal issues such as concerns about over-indulging in spending, eating, drinking may add to the stress many face when attending […]

Adult Children with Addiction, Alcoholism or Mental Illness (ACWA)

In the 1980’s, the ACOA (Adult Children OF Alcoholics) movement opened an honest dialogue of how parental addiction impacted children.  Fueled by the work of John Bradshaw and Claudia Black, the conversation expanded to include drug addiction and mental illness. The term “Dysfunctional Family” gave a collective voice to adult children who once lived with […]

A Frog named Loss

I cleaned out the pond in my yard yesterday. Since I moved into this house four years ago, I have made the first weekend of May “clean the crap out of the pond” weekend. This seems reasonable; warm enough to not have to wear winter gear while playing in water, and earlier enough to deter […]

Dear Diet

Dear Diet, Well, there is no easy way to say this, but our relationship just isn’t working for me. Day in and day out, there is hardly any variation, I feel empty and my resentment growing. Valentine’s Day was such a struggle: there was nothing sweet about that day and that reflects our entire relationship. […]