Serving Marriages, Couples & Individuals in Eastern South Dakota, Southwest Minnesota & Northwest Iowa
Welcome to the Official Homepage of Del Donaldson, D.Min., LMFT
Welcome to my practice! I have over 35 years of experience working with clients who come with a variety of personal problems and relationship concerns. These individuals, couples, and families have been superb teachers and I have learned much from them.
Since the majority of my work is with couples and individuals encountering issues related to marital distress (ineffective communication and problem-solving, arguing, intimacy concerns, sexual difficulties, infidelity, anxiety, depression), I think about the strengths and stresses of couple relationships and how a partner’s behavior may be related to the behavior of their spouse and others. Therapy consists of careful assessment followed by interventions designed to interrupt unhappy patterns and replace difficulties with something much more positive.
My core values as a couples counselor includes my belief that relationships work best when they are considered lifelong and durable. Although some divorces are no doubt necessary for health and safety reasons, a good marriage gives both partners plenty of chances to give as well as receive forgiveness over time. I also believe that when change is required, it is better for spouses to “lean into” difficult circumstances and work toward solutions rather than shrink back from life’s demands. Finally, I believe these challenges are sometimes best managed in the context of a nurturing, straightforward, confidential and respectful relationship with a marriage counselor who has specific and extensive training in couple therapy –and who is sensitive to the moral implications their clients’ behavior has for themselves and others.
If you are experiencing a challenging time in your life or relationship–please know I welcome the opportunity to work with you on these matters. My experience is that good couple therapy can help you:
- save your marriage
- heal from infidelity
- build trust
- stop arguing
- improve communication
- feel more connected emotionally
- rekindle your sex life
- deal productively with extended family
The good news is that most marriages can return to being satisfying. Two people who have grown apart can get re-connected.
I look forward to talking with you about your specific situation and needs. You have my very best wishes.