Donna Mowry, owner of Happy Halo Counseling, LLC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider in Maryland. Donna specializes in helping clients overcome their barriers to happiness and fulfillment. Many of Donna’s clients suffer from intense emotions after a major loss or a traumatic event. These intense emotions might disrupt daily routines, cause relationship conflicts, or cause them to question their faith. Donna helps these clients to come to a deeper understanding about their experiences, increase their self-esteem, and move forward with their lives.
Donna’s approach to therapy draws from many evidence-based therapy modalities. She practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy, and Solution-focused Brief Therapy. Clients learn how to become aware of their habits, especially those habits that lead to feelings of distress. By changing thought patterns, clients decrease the self-criticism that often leads to feelings of guilt, shame, or despair. Donna encourages clients to place their attention on the present through meditation or grounding exercises, which can be helpful when they become overwhelmed. When appropriate, Donna brings elements of Pastoral/Spirituality Counseling into session to help clients understand their mental health in the context of their faith. She is a person-centered, strengths-based therapist who tailors her sessions to each individual client’s needs.
Donna earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and a Master's degree in Thanatology from Hood College. She holds advanced training and certifications in Trauma-Informed Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Her style is empathetic and caring, and she strives to help clients grow through self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-empowerment. It’s important to Donna to have a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients, so she ensures a strong, trusting rapport from the first session.