Donna F. Ferber, LPC, LADC is a psychotherapist in private practice for 30 years. She is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor and an educator. Donna works with individuals and in groups. Her office is in Farmington, Connecticut.
In her private practice, Donna specializes in issues related to life transitions. These include but are not limited to divorce, remarriage, chronic illness, loss, relocation. Other areas of expertise include depression, anxiety and grief counseling. As a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, she has expertise in dealing with substance abuse issues and the effects on both the individual and the family.
Since the mid 1980’s, Donna has worked closely with attorneys, and other professionals to support and explore ways to make the divorce experience less painful for all family members. In 1990, along with Atty. Holly Abery-Wetstone, she wrote and facilitated the pilot parenting class for parents going through divorce at Stamford Courthouse, Stamford, CT. That program was the forerunner of a mandated state program now implemented for all parents going through divorce.
In her private practice, Donna has been facilitating groups for 20 years. In 2007, she was awarded a Grant from the Avon United Way to facilitate a training program for women to reach out and connect through the peer group experience.
Donna graduated from Hofstra University with a BA. She has a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Manhattanville College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from St. Joseph College, West Hartford, CT. She completed a one year post graduate certificate program in Substance Abuse studies at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She is also a certified Montessori Teacher and in 1993, was trained in Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy at the American Hypnosis Training Academy.
She is an experienced and enthusiastic presenter of workshops, lectures and trainings. Her varied experience includes teaching at St. Joseph College, West Hartford CT, presenting workshops on stress management at the Connecticut Police Academy, Meriden, CT, and facilitating assertiveness trainings at Hartford College for Women, Hartford, CT. She was appointed to and served on the Governor’s Advisory Board for Mental Health and Addiction in Connecticut from 2000 to 2003. She is a frequent presenter of continuing education classes, designs and teaches workshops, and facilitates retreats. She presented the keynote speech at the Rhode Island English Teachers Conference in Warwick, RI, and facilitated a program at the Annual Massachusetts School Guidance Counselors Conference in Hyannis, MA. Her presentations are lively and thought provoking.
Donna’s articles on divorce and step parenting have been featured in many local publications. She has also been interviewed by many major publications including The New York Times, Newsday and Women’s Day Magazine.
She is the author of From Ex-Wife to Exceptional Life: A Woman’s Journey through Divorce. The book has provided support to thousands of women and won an Honorable Mention Award by the Independent Publishers Association.