Samuel Donath, AMFT

Therapist

Samuel@lovehealgrow.com
916.235.3194

Available Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays (including evenings)

Specialties:

Couples and Sex Therapy. 
Anxiety and Trauma-focused Therapy. 
Support for LGBTQIA+ adults.

Samuel joined Love Heal Grow Counseling in March 2020 and is currently accepting new clients.

I help the over-thinkers, the worriers, the folks up-all-night wondering, “Am I the only one like this…?”

 

You can experience more fulfillment in your life and relationships! I’m here to support you.

 

I’m the type of therapist who you don’t have to be afraid to get REAL with.

 

Absolutely no topic is taboo or ever off limits in therapy with me.  What’s the point of therapy if you’re too worried about sharing about what keeps you up at night?

 

I know life is complex and even the most successful and intelligent people need help sometimes.

 

From me, you won’t experience judgment. Instead we’ll look at ways you can stress a bit less, embrace who you are, and get back on the road to happiness.

 

I’m not a smile and nod therapist who will just listen hour after hour leaving you wondering what I’m thinking or whether there’s anything more to therapy than talking.

 

I’m compassionate and empathic, but I’m also engaged. Let’s look deeper at what’s causing you problems, build your toolbox of coping skills, and let go of all that negative self talk so you can feel FREE and FULFILLED.

 

 

My areas of expertise are:

 

 

Anxiety Support

I love supporting people with anxiety because the work is dynamic and hopeful.  Anxiety actually helps us in so many ways, but when it grows out of our control it can feel debilitating.

Let’s get unstuck!  Therapy for anxiety will help you relax more by getting those thoughts out of your head and into the world (it’s all a little less overwhelming when we find ways to talk about it). AND I’ll teach you science-backed methods to cope so you feel more in control in your life.

 

 

Sex Therapy

My favorite part of sex therapy is seeing the relief and joy people can feel after opening up about their sexual problems and finding ways through them.

No matter what you are experiencing, let’s talk about it.  I can assure you that you’re not the only one and you can get to a better place.  I especially enjoy supporting couples in embracing a more pleasurable sex life and helping men address sexual concerns about performance, erectile dysfunction, negative views of self, or out-of-control/problematic sexual behaviors.

 

 

 

LGBTQIA+

I’m passionate about supporting folks of the LGBTQIA+ community.  You will know you are embraced here and that I “get it”.  Relationship issues and mental health concerns and feel doubly impacted by sexual or gender identity and the experiences of judgment or oppression you may have had.  Let’s talk and get you to a better place.

 

 

 

And on a personal note…

I split my time being a therapist and teaching at a university.  Prior to that I had an opportunity to work in psychological research regarding war refugee trauma. I am a fan of movies, dogs (especially pugs), any city near the ocean, and every type of Asian food. I find deep fulfillment in spending time with my family, partner, and friends.

 

 

Articles by Samuel

Formal Credentials

License
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, #104596 : Registered to practice psychotherapy in California
Supervised by Megan Negendank, LMFT #93259

 

Education
M.S. in Psychology (Counseling) : California State University, Stanislaus
B.A. in Psychology : Humboldt State University

Advanced Trainings/Certifications
Counseling Sexual Problems
Sex Therapy Training/Consultation
Behavioral Treatment for Chronic Pain

I attend on-going trainings related to sex therapy, relationships, and trauma.

Professional Publications and Presentations

Lambert, J.E. & Donath, S. (2016, November). Psychological distress of Iraqi refugees in the US: Trauma, resiliency, and sense of community. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas TX.

Donath, S. (2017). Gender differences in the acceptability of malingering.