Donna Laderoute, m.S.W.
Donna brings 15+ years of experience working with individuals with significant mental health issues, helping complex families achieve harmony, and assisting couples to restore the communication and passion in their relationships.
FAMILY THERAPY Edmonton
When Donna is not at Firefly, she is the team lead and consulting clinicians for a specialized program that works with families who are struggling with communication and mental health issues for one or more family members. As the team lead, she is responsible for training staff, being a resource for the assisting psychiatrists, and maintaining the highest ethical and clinical practice standards for the program.
Couples Therapy Edmonton Marriage Counselling
In private practice, Donna has extensively focused on developing her couples counselling and relationship therapy skills. She has completed advanced training in Emotion Focused therapy, Gottman Couples Method, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The modern approaches to couples counselling go well beyond traditional suggestions of "date night" or "I" statements. The relationship work Donna does with couples is rooted in research, and can be highly effective in creating change.
Psychiatric Illness: Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD, Major Depressive Disorder
Early in Donna's career she focused on assisting people with severe psychiatric disorders. Donna is skilled at utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help treat individuals suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). She also has experience helping sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Major Depressive Disorder, and Schizophrenia to learn how to manage their symptoms, and successfully navigate through the challenges of daily living.
Teens and Adults
The impact of significant mental illness diagnosis such as BPD, Schizophrenia and OCD can be profound. Families are often confused and distressed by the changes in behavior for their teen-aged/young adult children. The ill person may feel angry, frustrated, and defeated by what has happened to them. Donna can help families navigate through the the many emotions that come with diagnosis. She can also help the ill member, and their support system, learn how to manage everyday events, navigate the mental health system, and overcome the relationship/family dynamic challenges that inevitably arise due to these illnesses.
Donna works out of our South Edmonton office