WELCOME TO DONNA SHERMAN and the SPARKS IN ACTION PODCAST
As a mental health professional with a long-time practice of yoga and meditation, I aim to help you cultivate enduring skills and positive behavior changes. Through my blog and podcast, I offer strategies that can help you improve your overall well-being. Join me on this journey to a healthier you.
"Donna is a radiant human being and teacher. I have observed her in her work for years and she embodies a beautiful balance of compassion, clarity, intelligence and enthusiasm. It is readily apparent that her wisdom was absorbed through experience as well as in depth study and discernment."
- Stephanie Pappas, SEP, LMT, Founder of Devalila Yoga Teacher Training
During the course of my work as a clinical social worker (MSW,LCSW) in the mental health field, I was drawn to the practical wisdom from yoga sciences, mindfulness meditation and behavioral science-- all of which became a strong foundation in my personal and professional life.
I have worked in nonprofit, corporate, educational and healthcare settings, offering skills- based guidance and training that helps clients live and work well. Much of my work has been aimed at offering therapeutic tools to people prone to high distractibility and acute, or chronic, anxiety. The tools I offer help clients detangle from ingrained habits that lock them into behaviors that can negatively interfere with how they go about life and engaging with others, whether at work or at home.
In 2021 I created the Sparks In Action Podcast with the mission to highlight acts of care and repair that ordinary people offer to our world. Sparks In Action continues to evolve and if you have not checked it out, please do!
Background & Experience
BS, Washington University, St. Louis
MSW, Simmons University, Graduate School of Social Work, Boston, MA
Post Graduate Trainings:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Sciences, Imago Therapy for Couples, Gestalt Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Yogic Philosophy and Psychology.
Occasional classes in aspects of Cognitive Neuroscience.
500 hour yoga teacher training with Kirin Mishra (Parvathi Nanda Nath), Saraswati River Yoga School.
Professional Training Retreats with Saki Santorelli, Ed.D and Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D of University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness in Health and Society.