Donna L. Gorman MA, LPC

Donna L. Gorman MA, LPC

Donna has over 25 years of clinical experience in a variety of roles and settings. Originally from NYC, she has settled comfortably into the Midwest lifestyle. She is an avid equestrian with a strong yoga and meditation practice. Reading classical literature and cooking are favorite pastimes.

Donna provides services for the following challenges:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief/loss
  • Self-esteem including self-sabotaging beliefs, thought processes, and behaviors
  • Work challenges
  • Trauma
  • Coping Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Life Transitions (i.e., changes in lifestyle/self-definition; leaving home, retiring)
  • Relationships, boundaries, and communication
  • Purpose and Meaning
  • Spiritual and Values Identification and Development


Donna’s academic, professional, and personal experiences have been shaped by her interest in the meaning of human challenges and symptoms. Fluent in both conventional research-based approaches (CBT, DBT, ACT) and alternative (Jungian, Existential; Positive Psychology) models of therapy, Donna is noted for her fearless acceptance of the “shadowy” aspects of our internal life. As a therapist, Donna is informed by her belief in the fundamental resilience of individuals, the power of relationship and community, and in the capability inherent in every human being to find meaning, purpose, and growth through the circumstances that make for his/her/their life. She is highly adept at “staying with” the people she is working with and finding collaborative and creative ways in framing situations in a manner that fosters self-awareness and skill.

Donna’s Personality

Donna’s character is described as intelligent, unflinching, frank, funny, open, and compassionate. She will attempt to provide support, encouragement, challenge, and a positive partnership during your services. Donna believes this quote reflects an important view of life “Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves…Live the questions now” (Rainer Maria, Rilke, 1934). Another quote she stands by is “I want to know if you belong or feel abandoned; if you know despair or can see it in others. I want to know if you are prepared to live in the world with its harsh need to change you. If you can look back with firm eyes and say, ‘This is where I stand’”. (David Whyte, 1992)

Donna works with adults of all ages and couples. Please contact to request an appointment.

Education & Training
MA in Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
BA in Philosophy, Quincy University
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
Temple of Kriya Yoga-Teacher Training
EAGALA (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy)

License & Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor

1500 E. Lincoln Hwy, Suite 1
DeKalb, IL 60115

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