Donna Clarke-McMullen, BScN, MN
I am a Registered Nurse and Solution Focused Brief Therapist. I work with individuals, couples, and families. My practice is based on a mutual respect and therapeutic alliance with clients. I highly value people’s insight and life experience. Solution focused brief therapy compassionately supports growth towards what clients most want for their life, often in as little as two to four sessions.
I utilize a holistic, client-centred, trauma and HAES-informed approach to counselling which strives to build on people’s strengths and resources to make positive change towards the wellness they hope for. As a nurse and educator, I recognize the strain the pandemic has had on essential workers and work with clients to recover.
Each person’s life experience is unique, and I assist clients to discover solutions to successfully navigate work life balance and stress, illness and life transitions such as parenthood, post-secondary education, changing and starting careers, empty nest, relationships, retirement, diagnosis of a mental illness or medical condition, and family caregiving. I support families with a member living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), a mental health diagnosis, and in addiction recovery.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Nursing from Athabasca University. I have been a nurse for over 30 years, working in public health, home care, mental health and post-secondary professional education settings. I completed the Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Counselling Course from OISE at University of Toronto. I am also a Non-Violent Crisis Intervention facilitator and have Canadian Solution Focused Therapist Certification in process.
I am mindful of the diverse cultural perspectives in our country, and I value cultural humility with an openness to learning. I am curious about client’s life experiences and the insights they bring to the therapeutic process.