Donka Turner has been working with children with emotional and behavioral challenges, their families, and other mental health professionals for over 10 years. Her approach is collaborative, strength-based and goal oriented. Donka has worked with children in variety of settings across the Bay Area including public schools, non-public schools, non-profit organizations, and in the client home. Her diverse experience has given her the tools to support, teach, and advocate for her clients in their journey.
Donka specializes in working with children ranging from 2-11 years of age. She provides support, coaching, consultation, and parent training to reach behavioral goals such as:
• Increasing the child’s frustration tolerance
• Improving the child’s respond to directives
• Developing the child’s independence and self-control
• Strengthening the child’s social skills
• Reducing the child’s symptoms of ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression and Autism Spectrum Disorder
A Bulgarian native, Donka received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Varna Free University in Bulgaria and Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from John F. Kennedy University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist through the Board of Behavioral Sciences and a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Her ability to connect with young children and deliver results earned her an award for Early Intervention and Prevention in 2015 from Lincoln Families in Oakland, CA.
Client Forms for Donka’s Clients
Please read, complete and email the following required forms before our first appointment.
The forms will cover:
- Basic identifying information and information about presenting concerns
- Information pertaining to privacy practices
- Authorization to exchange information
- Service Agreement and Informed Consent
“Heather is a brilliant clinician who really gets children. My child immediately was drawn to her and always asks when she will be coming back. Struggling with anxiety myself, it was difficult to allow someone to come into our home for treatment, but we were desperate for help. Heather immediately makes parents and children alike feel comfortable. I finally felt like someone understood us, we had an ally! Heather turned our chaotic home into a therapeutic environment where I finally felt as though I had a handle on things. Heather works tirelessly on behalf of her clients and I don’t know what we would have done without her.” ~ Mother of a 9 year old child diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety