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Music balances the intellectual with heart. Enjoy.


step thirteen

“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” Fun little trivia fact – this statement is often misattributed to Plato, but it’s actually a mashup of pearls from Plato and Peter Pan (James M. Barrie).

This statement is certainly true for survivors of child abuse. “Changing into you” is a newer song of mine, and it’s dedicated to the tragic prevalence of Adverse Childhood Events (abuse, neglect) in our culture and how painful and destructive this is for the victims and our culture generally. In my clinical practice, I have the privilege of walking with some of these heroes in their journey towards recovery. This song is dedicated to them, and it’s a good reminder to be “kinder than necessary” because we don’t know what kind of battles someone is fighting. This basic understanding is foundational for compassion and love, two themes that are central in Kindness for a Change.

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About Donal

Integrated Expertise

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the best national program in his field
  • Therapist for 20 years, helping hundreds of individuals, couples, and groups learn to thrive
  • Published 20+ scientific articles related to sustainable well-being, anxiety, depression, and dysregulated behavior
  • Survived 13 years of personal suffering (3 years of child’s cancer, family implosion, and 7 years of wife’s disabling pain)
  • Member of cohousing community for 16 years
  • Studied with world experts in ecology, sustainable agriculture, and permaculture
  • Ran several political campaigns (back in the day)
  • 4 albums of original music and a new group of songs released in 2023

Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People

As a scientist, Donal worked closely with Dr. Richard Davidson, named a Time Magazine 100 Most Influential Person and known for his neuroscience work with the Dalai Lama.

Co-inventor of Proven Wellbeing Program

Donal co-invented and scientifically validated a group-based program that helped hundreds of people thrive and increase their sustainable wellbeing.