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    About Dona Stover

    Welcome! I’m Dona – a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. I have been working in the mental health field since 1994. Since that time I have worked in a variety of settings to include psychiatric acute inpatient treatment units, residential treatment units, community mental health case management, intensive in-home therapy services, outpatient therapy, and crisis response and stabilization. I have held positions of direct service, supervisory, managerial, and administrative in both the private and public realms of mental health practice. All of these environments provided me opportunities to learn and grow as a mental health provider. I believe everyone has the ability to make positive change in their life when given the opportunity to do so.

    In 2018 I began work as an outpatient therapist and have had the privilege of walking beside my clients as they worked their way thru grief, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

    I have completed EMDR Training I & II as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy.  Both of these approaches to therapy have been shown to be effective in addressing and managing the symptoms to PTSD.

    I have received training in ERP, the most recommended approach to treating OCD, and am currently working toward certification and to expand my knowledge of this approach to therapy in order to further assist my clients who present with OCD.  I also have training in I-CBT to address OCD without the use of exposures while focusing on the reasoning process involved with OCD. 

    When not working you can find me spending time with my husband and our dog, Raylan. I enjoy movies, reading, watching baseball, and spending time at the beach. I make an effort to engage in meditation regularly and attend yoga classes to assist with self-care and strengthen the mind/body connection.



    BA Human Services & Psychology – Virginia Wesleyan College

    Master in Social Work – Norfolk State University

    Board of Social Work License# 0904010797 Issued November 2018


    Member of:

    National Association of Social Workers

    EMDR International Association

    International OCD Foundation

    My Mission

    The mission of Rise Counseling Services is to provide strength-based & wellness focused therapy services to individuals who are encountering life’s challenges.

    My approach to therapy is one that includes physical wellness, as well as emotional wellness. I believe we cannot heal emotionally without addressing any physical healing we need as well. When we improve our physical health, our sleep, our nutrition, and our self-care we can greatly impact the improvement of our mental and emotional health.

    I utilize a blend of CBT, Problem Solving Skills, Solution Focused Therapy, EMDR, and Mindfulness to help you improve your ability to manage difficulties, challenge the thought processes that create stress in your life, and process the negative experiences that have impacted how you live your life today.


    Raylan, a 10 year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Australian Shepard Mix, may be in the office during therapy days. He enjoys hanging out with people, loves having his head rubbed, will be your best friend for a bit of peanut butter, and loves lying in the sunshine.

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