Director, Master’s Program
Office: Wister 208
Dr. Tonrey received her doctorate in clinical psychology from La Salle University in 2002, and her master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling, with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy from La Salle University in 1994. Dr. Tonrey is a licensed as a psychologist, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselor in Pennsylvania. She is the Director and Master’s Program in Clinical Counseling Psychology
Dr. Tonrey currently is the Chair of the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors, and has served on the board for nine years. She is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor.
Dr. Tonrey is the former treasurer of the Association for Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards, which is a national board regulating the MFT boards in the USA, and she held the post for two years.
Dr. Tonrey was directly involved in the coalition between PA Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Counselors, working together in a unified effort to pass licensing legislation.
During Dr. Tonrey’s 1998-1999 tenure as President of the Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (PAMFT), marriage and family therapy, and professional counseling licensing passed in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tonrey created and is currently involved in the continued development of the Family Building Projective Technique (FBPT), which is an interactive projective technique utilizing a systems approach to therapeutic practice. Research evidence indicates an increase in Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) clients’ willingness to discuss family issues in group sessions, a reduction in tension with regard to family issues, and an increase in client awareness and participation.
Areas of Expertise
Relationship Issues and Interventions; Family Systems; Working with Couples; Working with Family Business and the Effects it has on Intimate Relationships; Ethical practice for Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, and Psychologists.
- B.A., Psychology, Temple University
- M.A,. Pastoral Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy, La Salle University
- Psy.D., Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Family Psychology, La Salle University
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Pennsylvania); Licensed Professional Counselor (Pennsylvania); Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
- PCC 661/PCMF690-692: Professional Seminar
- PCMF 614: Working with Families
- PCMF 624: Marital & Couples Therapy
- PCMF 628: Understanding Relationships
- PCC/PCMF607: Graduate Research
Tonrey, D. A., Miller, P. & Kowalski, D. Externalizing family issues in group treatment sessions: Family building projective technique. Manuscript in preparation.
Cardaciotto, L., & Tonrey, D. (2012). The training, value, and reality of Master’s-level mental health counselors. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy- An International Quarterly, 26, 183-195.
Tonrey, D. A, & Rooney, J. (2012, March). Ethics and how to enhance your professional growth. CE workshop presented for Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, Plymouth Meeting, PA.
Tonrey, D.A., (April, 2011). Attending to the Family System and Autism. Workshop presented at the Annual Autism Conference, Sponsored by Green Tree Learning and La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA.
Tonrey, D. A., (2011) The difficulties families face when their child has autism. Invited speaker, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Member, American Counseling Association
Member, Pennsylvania Counseling Association
Member, American Psychological Association
Program offered at:
- Main Campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Bucks County Center in Newtown, Pennsylvania
- Montgomery County Center in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Donna A. Tonrey, Psy.D., LMFT, LPC
Counseling and Family Therapy
Office: Wister Hall, Room 218
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
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