Donna Mosher, MC
NARM Therapist in Training
Mindful Self-Compassion Certified Instructor
Somatic Transformation Specialist
Grief Recovery Method Specialist
Who Am I?
I know I’m not alone when I reflect on my family of origin with the awareness that although my parents did the best they knew how, something was missing. Since they both came from distressed backgrounds they were ill-equipped to create a secure and supportive home environment. Their underlying feeling of shame, of not being good enough was palpable in the family and from a young age I, too, identified myself as being less than.
Out of the home as a young adult, I observed people who had a way of being with themselves that was more self-accepting, confident and easeful. I realized that it was possible for me to free myself from my harsh inner judgment and shame. I began to work with skillful therapists, went on personal growth retreats and participated in group counseling as well as 12-Step programs. As my sense of identification as a good and capable person grew, I decided to go to graduate school to earn a Masters Degree in Counseling. Since then I have worked as a counselor with adults for over 20 years.
Now a major part of my life purpose is to continue training and learning new resources that add to the richness of my life as well as to the lives of my clients. I believe we are able to grow and leave behind identifications that no longer serve us when we experience a safe and accepting environment. All of my trainings contribute in some way to offering safety and connection in the counseling relationship. When we explore what’s holding us back within that space, new ways of relating to ourselves emerge. It can lead us to a sense of kindness for ourselves, ease and success in relationships, and experiencing peace and joy.
Donna earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Arizona State University and completed post-graduate training. Certifications are listed below. Donna has counseled adults for 20 years and has deep regard for our human capacity to be resilient and to heal from past wounds.
“We can still be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is…not to try to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.”
Services I Provide (See Descriptions Below)
Description of Services
Donna provides counseling to individuals. Listed below are some of the resources she brings to working with people who are seeking personal growth.
NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model)
Donna gently brings NARM practices to individuals, helping them to move toward healthy self-acceptance and self-compassion while decreasing self-judgment and shame.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Mindful Self-Compassion Training
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), is an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
Self-compassion can be defined as learning to treat yourself the way you would treat a good friend when they suffer, fall short or fail in some way.
Donna integrates these practices into individual sessions and helps clients to embody the practices so that they may bring them into their daily lives.
“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”
Grief Recovery Method
Donna assists you in looking at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected your life, and take actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain.
(For more information: www.griefrecoverymethod.com)
“Grief only exists where love lived first.”
Life Transitions Counseling
Some people come to counseling due to a transition in their lives. Donna has a unique set of resources for navigating this territory. She provides guidance and strategies for coping with the difficult, painful, and confusing times in your life.
“There is one constant in life: change.
Whether you choose it or it is thrust upon you, change brings both opportunities and turmoil.”
Mindfulness can be taught as part of formal meditation practice, and also as integrated into everyday life situations. It isn’t about changing what you think or feel – but about becoming gradually more aware of these things in a moment-to-moment way. Through mindfulness practice, you can develop a wiser and more compassionate relationship with your own mind and body. This pays dividends not only in how you feel personally, but also in the quality of your relationships with others.
“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”
-Dr. Laurence Heller, Author of Healing Developmental Trauma
Cell Phone: 602-689-0801
Wednesdays by appointment
$150 (50 minute session).
Option for package of 3 sessions: $375.00
I don’t take insurance but can provide a super bill for out-of-network providers
24 hours or more advance notice is required of a cancelled appointment or client will be billed for 50 minute session
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