Donna Gates


is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Trainer in private practice at David L. Gates and Associates in Gurnee, IL and Des Plaines, IL. For the past 14 years, she has done individual, couples, and family therapy as well as domestic violence treatment, anger management treatment for adults and children, and parenting training and consultation. In the past she has worked as a youth and family counselor with Warren Township Youth Commission, developed a children’s program for Families in Touch/Teen Moms in Waukegan, and supervised college students as they worked in that program. She also worked with the teen moms in the FIT program, teaching parenting skills, life skills, and issues of domestic violence. Donna obtained her B.A. in Theology from Berkshire Christian College in Massachusetts before working with Campus Life/Youth for Christ in New York City. She then went on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. In the past, she has presented at the Theraplay International Conference and has written an article for the Theraplay Newsletter on the use of Theraplay in Domestic Violence. treatment groups. Donna is the mother of 2 daughters and has 8 grandchildren, all of whom enjoy helping her practice Theraplay activities.

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