Donovan McKinley

Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy Candidate
Psychotherapist, Live Oak Founders Fellow



773.880.1310 ext. 7892


Education & Training


  • Pursuing MA, Couple & Family Counseling, Northeastern Illinois University, 2022
  • BA, Family & Consumer Sciences: Family Studies, Sacramento State, 2016

Values & Philosophy

My foundational approach to therapy comes from a narrative and solution focused perspective where we work to re-frame your lived experiences through creating a new “story” for yourself. Within the space, we’ll honor your past experiences while integrating strategies for your present and future self. As a bi-racial queer person, I believe that the intersectional identities we hold as we navigate the world impact our stories. I hope to build a space with you where you feel seen and heard.

In my work with couples and families,I work within the belief that members of the LGBT+ community have an opportunity to not only choose our family, but create a more resilient relationship that is based on a foundation of care, communication,and mutual respect,Through authenticity, empathy, and openness in a safer space we can work together towards building strategies for communication so that the relationship you have with yourself, and others, can flourish.

Area of Focus & Specialization

  • Complex Family Dynamics
  • Family of Origin Concerns
  • Identity Exploration, Development, & Intersectionality
  • Depression, Anxiety, & Stress
  • Poly & Non-Monogamy Affirming Practice

I work with…

  • Individuals
  • Relationships (triads, polycules, metamours, constellations, couples.)
  • Families (chosen & family of origin)
  • Adolescents


  • LGBTQ Affirmative Practice
  • Multicultural Approaches
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution-Focused

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