Dino Di Donato

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For a free 15-minute phone consultation or to schedule an appointment, please contact me at 415.431.3466 or dinodid@gmail.com.


We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.

-The Buddha



We can come to life more fully by using the energy generated by emotions rather than be driven or overwhelmed by that energy. We can learn to respond to our emotions with intelligence rather than be triggered to react with destructive behaviors.

Originally trained in Humanistic Existentialism and group therapy, I studied with Carl Rogers and trained in Gestalt Therapy in San Diego and San Francisco. Currently, I find myself building on that background with Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My work is influenced by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s model for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Emotional Intelligence. I take an active role in helping my clients examine their belief systems or life narratives to continue that development beyond our work together.

My interests and work tend to be focused on mood disorder, anxiety and stress related problems, ADHD, sexuality and men’s issues. I have 25 years experience in working with performing, visual, and literary artists and have found that useful in assisting people to break through creative barriers. My areas of focus include: ADHD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Sexuality, Anger Management, Abuse: Male Survivors and Stress/Burnout.

Dino Di Donato, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #39831

Recent posts

Awakening from the Enchantment of Distraction

Distraction seems to be a growing concern in our society. How is it affecting productivity? How does it interfere with individuals engaging in their own lives? What impact does it have on interpersonal relations? Are people actually feeling lonelier even... Read more »

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays... Read more »

The Importance of Radical Acceptance

For the last thirty years or so there have been a few threads of thought and supporting research that have been weaving a new perspective and approach to psychotherapy. New approaches to understanding and the application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy... Read more »

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Important announcement:

Dino has retired and is not accepting new clients.