Kristi Donat

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

PHILOSOPHY

“I believe that the clients are the experts of their own experiences. Because of this, I use a client-centered approach.”

“This means I focus on the client’s strengths, & find ways these strengths can promote the change they want to see. I pull from a variety of modalities to fit the unique needs of the individual. These modalities can include ACT, CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused, and Mindfulness-based therapies.”

Specialties

PTSD / Trauma / EMDR

Sexual Trauma

Adolescents 14 & Up

Women’s Issues

Depression & Anxiety

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Bachelor of Psychology, Utah State University (2006).

Master of Marriage & Family Therapy, Brigham Young University (2010).

Kristi Donat’s clinical experience includes outpatient treatment at the Brigham Young University Comprehensive Clinic and the Leavitt Institute for Marriage and Family. She also advised students at Brigham Young University.

Kristi works with adults, adolescents, and children experiencing various mental health challenges. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, self-worth, and addiction. In individual therapy, Kristi aims to help clients toward holistic well-being by exploring metacognition, acceptance, mindfulness, personal values, and spirituality. She believes that recovery from difficult emotional experiences is possible and that clients define their treatment goals and path to recovery.

When working with couples, Kristi helps clients uncover deeper meanings behind everyday difficulties. She likes to work from a strengths-based perspective by helping couples recognize the things that are going well in their relationships. For relationship concerns that couples wish to improve, Kristi utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy techniques as well as Gottman Institute strategies.

When out of the office, Kristi enjoys spending time with her spouse and children. She also enjoys cooking, home improvement projects, and reading.

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