Jamie Donsbach has a MA in Social Service Administration; Clinical Concentration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University.
She has more than a decade of experience working with clients of all ages – from toddlers to senior citizens. The majority of her work has been with children, families and young adults.
Jamie has worked with individuals facing a wide range of issues, from minor adjustment difficulties to those with histories of complex trauma such as abuse or neglect. Jamie has helped families learn how to better manage their children’s difficult behavior, acted as a mediator to couples experiencing turmoil within their relationship and provided validation and support to individuals coping with a difficult loss. She has experience treating a multitude of mental health concerns including behavior disorders in children, mood disorders including depression and bipolar, anxiety disorders, PTSD and eating disorders.
Jamie believes, first and foremost, that it essential to establish a trusting therapeutic relationship. Individuals must feel validated, accepted and respected by their therapist in order to benefit from therapy. She also believes that it is never her place to pass judgment. In most circumstances, we are all doing the best we can in any given moment or situation. With the proper support, guidance and tools, our “best” selves can become even better. Jamie draws on several different theories of practice within her clinical work including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems and Self Psychology. When working with children, she utilizes creative interventions, such as Art and Play Therapy techniques to allow opportunities for creative expression.
Interesting fact #1: Jamie has an adventurous side and some of her past escapades include skydiving, hiking Mt. Washington, white water rafting and backpacking through Norway. She is currently in the middle of her biggest adventure yet - raising two young children!
Interesting fact #2: Jamie considers herself a "handywoman" and enjoys doing projects around the house. She's most proud of the new faucet she seamlessly installed in her kitchen.