About LaDonna Silva (she/her), LMFT
I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Holistic Studies from John F. Kennedy University. This special degree combined Transpersonal Psychology and Somatic Psychology which is a unique focus on spirituality and the body which gives me a foundation to work with clients beyond just the cognitive realm.
I spent six years training at the Process Therapy Institute where I was the Administrative Director, a certified Process Therapist and certified Instructor. I've spent the last several years studying the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model and a certified IFS therapist.
I offer on-going consultation groups for therapists desiring to learn more about returning to their own systems and how to stay open while working with clients. If you are a therapist/practitioner and interested in learning more, please see the Services Offered page.
Over the years, I've spent time serving on many local boards including Santa Clara Valley CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), the YWCA ~ Silicon Valley and the Process Therapy Institute (http://processes.org). I also belong to several associations including state CAMFT and Gaylesta. I've taught graduate students at Sofia University/Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Santa Clara University and John F. Kennedy University. I've volunteered for the Centre for Living with Dying, and offered response services for crisis incidents in the Bay Area. Being an activist and a part of the greater community has always been an important part of my life.
Both agencies (YWCA ~ Silicon Valley and the Process Therapy Institute) are great places for lower fee therapy services.
I discovered my love for the art of therapy over 34 years ago while in my own therapy. After a career in the Corporate world in Management, Sales and Human Resources, I decided to follow my heart back into the therapy setting and build my career where I truly belong. I've continued my own journey of healing and truly feel passionate about my intention for living life consciously and expanding while inviting others to grow as well.
These videos below are a chance for you to see me sharing why I've chosen this profession.
Here's are links to a few recent (and not so recent) interviews....