Violeta A. Donawa, LMSW, ADS - Clinical Social Worker and Therapist
Healing-Centered Therapy Rooted in Intersectional and Holistic Care
Violeta is a fully-licensed clinical social worker inspired by personal growth, collective care, and joy. She is a longtime co-organizer of community healing spaces which also informs her approach to therapeutic care with individuals and families. She specializes in holistically treating clients whose mental health has been impacted by various forms of systemic harm or discrimination, and its relationship to patterns of addiction and other forms of trauma. She uses techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Somatics to support client care.
Violeta was selected as the 2017 United States fellow for the prestigious Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland where she presented on the importance of resourcing community healing from state violence as a human rights issue. As a result, she was later invited as a Summit Speaker for the International Decade for People of African Descent conference in Georgetown, Guyana.
In 2020, Violeta was featured on Lindsay Bryan-Povin’s podcast, Mind Money Balance, addressing the importance of spirituality and rest in the quest for financial wellness and heart care. Her poetry has also been featured in the 2021 'Ypsi on My Mind' zine published by the Untold Stories of Liberation and Love Anthology based out of Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Violeta is especially passionate about working with Black, Native, and Latinx communities and across a number of presenting needs including but not limited to racialized stress and trauma, gender identity expression, LGBQ+ issues, anxiety and depression, sexualized violence and complex trauma. As a kink-aware therapist, she is also trained to work with clients through a sex therapy informed lens. Her professional work has led to guest lectures and board service focused on capacity-building and equity within higher education and in the field.