My name is Tina McDonald and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I have been licensed since 1994 and have had the opportunity to work on behalf of clients with a variety of issues. I am a passionate advocate in assisting clients in meeting their goals.
My approach is to meet each client with compassion and empathy. I am experienced in various therapeutic techniques that focus on collaboration and growth.
Over the course of my career, I have worked with clients recovering from child abuse, domestic violence, drug abuse, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. I am comfortable working with clients struggling with these issues and with clients looking to make changes in their life and careers.
My communication style
I believe that a good therapist is a good listener. Giving clients the space to talk about what is happening in their life and the frustration, anxiety or habits they feel are a concern is the first step. I am also active in working side by side with the client to design new skills to decrease problems and work towards improving the quality of their life.
My journey to therapy
My father was a high school counselor and he often talked to my mother about the problems his students were facing. In my early life, I had a view minor careers, aerobics instructor, substitute teacher and more. But, it was my dad's compassion for his students that eventually led me to this career. Since becoming a therapist I have never questioned my choice and find joy and purpose in this work.
My goals for you
I like to establish the goals the client hopes to achieve and examine what steps they have attempted in the past and what they feel has been helpful or not.
My first session with you
Clients will find me focused, empathic and open to their needs and expectations. In the first session, we will begin to develop the therapeutic relationship essential to meeting their goals.