Mrs. Donaldson believes the purpose of therapy is for clients to experience the truth of themselves within themselves. The most important quality that a therapist can provide is the safety that allows the client to face the truth about themselves, to let go of their defenses, to experience their vulnerability that those defenses are meant to cover up. Then, how to inquire in a gentle way to deepen their understanding of all those factors. Essential for all of that, is awareness of ourselves in this process, the quality of our presence, and our capacity to be attuned, to be on the same wavelength of our clients. Supervision is focused on the self awareness in the therapeutic relationship that is required to meet these goals. Supervision is focused on developing specific therapist traits: empathetic abiding presence, self awareness, trust your gut feelings, authenticity, curiosity, confidence, non-judgment/acceptance, compassion, humility, playfulness, and non-attachment.
Ms. Donaldson is a trained supervisor and training facilitator in the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework. She is trained in Compassionate Inquiry, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Matrix Model, Thinking for a Change, and Aggression Replacement Training.