29 years in business
I received counseling via Skype for over a year with Donya. Due to a childhood with a very critical parent, I struggled for years with self image problems, with a lot of fears, and then married someone with mental illness and addictions. I had received quite a lot of counseling over time, which helped give insight but produced few changes in how I perceived myself, nor in freedom and authenticity in relating to others. Donya approached things differently from previous counselors. She listened to the Lord as much as she listened to me. She spoke what she heard Him say. She often waited until I heard the Lord as well, and together, God revealed bottom line wrong assumptions that trapped me in negative patterns. And so Donya has a great deal of Godly wisdom stemming from knowledge of the Scriptures combined with hearing from the Holy Spirit. She is also well trained and has years of experience as a therapist. I am so grateful to say that through her help I have gained a great deal of self acceptance, fears have been largely reduced, I am relating so much better with others, and above all, i no longer feel like an orphan, but rather a much loved child of God.Apr 16, 2014
Donya has without question helped me get my life back. Through our conversations over Skype I have received healing, recognized areas for personal growth, regained confidence, and renewed my trust in the Lord. I have seen improvement in all areas of my life, including work, and relationships with my family. Donya has encouraged me every step of the way, and never forced me to go beyond what I was willing to do. My outlook on life has been forever changed by my decision to work with Donya. I am thankful for her and highly recommend her to anyone who wants to be awakened to life!Feb 6, 2014
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Yes...I get continuing eduction credits every year as part of my licensure requirements and as a way to continue to grow and develop in my field.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I first started out in business and although I was successful in business endeavors, what really motivated me was the heart-to-heart talks I would have as people around me began to open up to me and share challenges they were facing. People seemed to be drawn to share things with me that they didn't necessarily feel comfortable enough to open up to others. I began to see a pattern emerge and a true desire to help people began to shine. It was then that I decided to go back to school and focus my efforts to get trained as a professional counselor.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?I always encourage people to find a good "fit" with whoever they are going to work with. You need to feel a sense of connection and that this is a safe and knowledgeable person to talk to.