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PhD, LPC Dr. Nicole Donato

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Nicole Donato is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

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Licensing: PhD, LPC
Years in Practice: 11
State: NJ


My name is Dr. Nicole Donato. However, please feel free to call me Nicole. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a life-long lover of knowledge evident by my two Master degrees and PhD in Psychology. Additionally, I knew as a teenage girl that I wanted to become a therapist. Thus, since 2006 I have been licensed in the state of New Jersey as a Licensed Professional Counselor. My career has taken many twists and turns. I have worked in an inpatient psychiatric hospital as well as provided therapy services on an outpatient basis. Also, I have been employed as a social worker for a foster family agency. Currently I am a college professor. I absolutely love teaching! It is extremely gratifying to see students have a lightbulb moment of understanding occur. When I started college, I never dreamed of a day that technology would offer a conduit upon which effective therapy services could be provided. Thus, I look forward to working collaboratively with clients through the online platform to heal from their emotional disturbances.

How therapy works is often times shrouded in mystery. Thus, I would like to demystify the therapy process. From the person-centered therapy perspective, I aim to create a therapeutic alliance with my clients. This means that clients can expect for me to be genuine and empathetic. “Walk a mile in my shoes” is an apt saying that expresses how I work to understand my client’s life experiences. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is another theoretical orientation that I use to assist clients. The premise of CBT entails identifying activating events. These activating events may cause negative feelings when there are negative self-talk messages that a person tells themselves about the events. Thus, I work with clients to help them identify their negative self-talk messages that may be contributing to their emotional disturbances. Additionally, I draw therapeutic techniques from motivational interviewing and the psychodynamic approach.

I look forward to working with you!


About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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I absolutely love meeting with Dr.Donato - the amount of progress I’ve seen in myself since starting sessions with her is incredible. I feel like I understand my thoughts and feelings better, and truly have the tools I need to get through difficult moments. Every week we uncover something new that helps me become a better version of myself. Dr.Donato is kind, nurturing, understanding, non-judgmental and thoughtful - truly an amazing therapist!

P.E.·Aug 15, 2022


She's the best!

N.O.·Aug 04, 2022


Nicole has been an incredible element in my life - I have been with her for over a year now and I have felt like with her guidance, I have grown so much.

N.I.·May 31, 2022


Nicole is a wonderful counselor. She has supported me through many life changes and I’m better for it! I highly recommend her to anyone in need of support!

J.E.·May 11, 2022


Dr. Donato is so great to work with. I always leave my sessions feeling more knowledgable about what I am feeling, and know that my feelings and thoughts are not concrete and can change. I no longer feel that I am my thoughts - I now understand that they can be adjusted, and will change if I am aware of them and make the effort to rebuttal them.

S.H.·Jan 05, 2022


Dr. Donato is excellent to work with. She is understanding, respectful, and very intuitive to my needs and concerns. She has helped me reduce my anxiety, get better sleep, and feel more confident about myself. I enjoy talking to her because I know I am not being judged.

S.H.·Mar 09, 2021


After trying to work with a couple different therapists, I knew that Nicole was the therapist that I wanted to work with within moments of our first session. She is gentle and welcoming, and she provided a safe space for me to express my feelings that I couldn’t have been able to express to anyone else at the time. I felt like she cared about what was best for me, and wanted to be there for me, and was happy for me when I was happy. Basically, she rocks!

H.A.·Feb 13, 2021


Nicole, as she has said I should call her, is open and supportive. I’ve got confidence that she will be there for me no matter my issues and comes up with a way for me to navigate feelings. The work sheets help my brain remember how I do things. She is simple amazing.

C.A.·Jan 21, 2021


Dr. Donato has been nothing but incredible thus far. I've learned a lot through our sessions and feel much more able to tackle my challenges thanks to her guidance. Very kind and affirming as well as empowering energy. Thank you

F.A.·Jan 19, 2021


I've been working with Dr. Donato (Nicole) for a couple of months and I'm astounded at the amount of confidence I've developed and how much I now understand about myself. She's so good at listening and carefully guiding our conversations so we can focus on the right things to refocus headspace and my goals.

A.L.·Nov 17, 2020


Doctor Donato is amazing! I was so stressed and anxious about everything in my life and I thought everything pointed to a specific problem, but after speaking with Doctor Donato, the problem I thought I had wasn’t really there. The problem after all was anxiety itself haha. Now I’m feeling so much better after all the video sessions and worksheets with great techniques that keep my mind healthy.

J.O.·Nov 13, 2020


Dr. Donato has been patient, attentive, and kind in ways I haven't experienced from my previous therapist. She is always willing to listen and even change course if I need to, and she always has amazing insight and analogies that really help me grow.

M.A.·Oct 21, 2020


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