Samuel Donath, MS, LMFT
Identities: Gay, Cisgender Male
Language(s) Spoken: English
Phone: (916) 666-2759
HIV/AIDS Retraumatization during the COVID-19 Pandemic– Recorded, 3 CE Credits
Get to know me:
I’m a licensed marriage family therapist, and I usually split my time being at the clinic and occasionally helping teach at university. My main therapeutic focus in on sex therapy, LGBTQIA+, trauma, anxiety, and relationship issues.
What does affirmative psychotherapy mean to me? I have always felt that there is a lot of power sitting across from someone who truly supports you. Someone who can place themselves in your shoes, adopt your emotional point of view, and walk with you as you attempt to bring about the positive change you want in your life. Affirmative psychotherapy is that and so much more. Being an affirmative psychotherapy means creating a totally safe, ethical, and understanding space for client within the LGBQIA+ community to discuss issues that are causing them trouble in life.
What populations do I work with? What is my level of expertise (friendly, knowledgeable, expert) for each of those populations? While I enjoy working with clients from all different cultural and social backgrounds: I have a strong passion for working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community. My education was as a generalist, but during the last few years I have focused mainly on two areas: LGBTQIA+ and sex therapy. I specialize in helping clients with sexual problems/dysfunctions, problematic/out of control sexual behavior, relationship issues, gender identity, trauma, and anxiety.
What is my approach to healing? I deeply enjoy working with individuals and couples on their goals in therapy, and I work hard to help clients learn the skills they need moving forward to be successful. Sessions with me are tailored to best fit my client’s clinical needs and goals. In therapy I blend aspects of CBT, Existential, Trauma-Informed, Person Centered, and Humanistic therapeutic perspectives and styles to best help clients.
What issues am I most skilled at addressing as a mental health professional? Anxiety reduction, clinical assessment, treatment of sexual issues and dysfunctions, teaching effective communication for couples, and recovering from trauma.
EDUCATION & LICENSE
MS in Psychology (Counseling)
BA in Psychology
Years in Practice: 3
California State University, Stanislaus – Masters
Humboldt State University – Bachelors
Year Graduated: Masters (2017), Bachelors (2015)
License # 121544 and State: LMFT California
ASSECT Member since 2019
Counseling Sexual Problems Sex Therapy Training/Consultation Behavioral Treatment for Chronic Pain
Accessibility: Remote – Video Appointments only
Gender Neutral Restrooms: N/A
Fee Range: $200; Sliding Scale Available
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Card
Accepted Insurance Plans: Private pay. Superbills happily provided.