About Me

My style and approach

More than anything, I'm genuinely interested in people and our human experiences. Our experiences are so diverse, I'll tailor therapy specifically to you in a way that will address your needs from an eclectic, holistic standpoint versus a "one size fits all" approach. My general approach to change draws from several mindfulness based modalities.

 

In my own journey, what's helped me the most in my personal growth and healing is curiosity. The more I lean in to my experiences, get curious and take the time to see what's there, (the pleasant and not-so-pleasant too...) I notice things automatically start to shift. This is exactly what we can do together on your journey towards healing.

 

Being mindful and taking time to slow down and observe what's present lowers the 'noise' of our busy minds. When you to tune into your body and your "inner landscape," it's a wealth of information. A clenched fist or a tight gut often informs us of underlying areas to explore. Mindfulness can give you the freedom in the present moment to bring acceptance to your story, heal wounds, and embody the courage to write a new narrative from this moment forward. It's also a tool to appreciate the parts of you that may have had to develop unhelpful patterns and beliefs for survival, then embracing the freedom to let them go.

 

Ultimately, I'm here to support you and your journey towards understanding in any way that feels nourishing and right for you. I provide a gentle and authentic partnership to help you reach your goals through an experiential, interactive dialogue.

 

My clients often tell me I'm warm, approachable and relatable making therapy an experience that is both supportive and safe to move through challenges. At the end of the day, I deeply honor my clients and their experiences--it always touching for me to witness their inner wisdom emerge and innate ability to heal happen naturally.

Education and Training

In addition to my private practice, I currently work with students at Foothill College providing individual therapy and teaching Stress Wellness and Coping (CNSL 72).

 

Education:

  • 1999 BA in Deaf Studies California State University Northridge
  • 2001 MA in Mental Health Counseling Gallaudet University
  • 2007 Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Employment in addition to Private Practice

  • 2001-2015: Community mental health and school based therapy grades K-12 and their families, Bay Area, CA
  • 2015-Present: Foothill College Psycholgical Services and Personal Counseling, Los Altos, CA

 

Specialized Training:

2011-2013: Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology: a mindfulness-based experiential approach; Professional Skills Training

To read more about Hakomi Therapy, click here.

 

2013-2016: Continued Education/Specialized Supervision Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology

 

2017: ACT Acceptance and Committment Therapy 2-day Intensive Training

 

2018: Internal Family Systems and Shame

          EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Basic Skills Level 1 & 2

 

2019: Internal Family Systems for Trauma Anxiety, Depression, and More

           Ongoing Clinical Consultation EMDR

           The Flash Technique (EMDR) presented by Philip Manfield, Ph.D. and Lewis Engel, Ph.D.

 

Licenses and Professional Affiliations

  • Marriage and Family Therapist License MFT44732
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS)
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

"I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. Send me a message to set up a time for a free 15 minute phone consultation."

Alexis Donato, MFT

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