Charlie Donaldson, LLP, is the co-founder and director of the Institute for the Prevention & Treatment of Mascupathy (IPTM) and holds more than 25 years of clinical practice with a focus on men and masculinity. He was previously Director of the Men’s Resource Center in Holland, Michigan, which he established in 1997 as an agency focused on men and men’s issues. He worked as an instructor at Grand Valley State University and frequently served as a presenter at workshops for therapists, court staff, and health professionals on batterer intervention and other treatment modalities for men.
In addition to co-authoring Mascupathy: Understanding and Healing the Malaise of American Manhood (2014) and Stop Hurting the Woman You Love: Breaking the Cycle of Abusive Behavior (Hazelden, 2006) with colleague, Randy Flood, Donaldson is the author of Restorative Treatment: A New Specialty in Counseling; and the Smart and Effective series of manuals for treatment of substance abuse, domestic violence, and other men’s issues. His Therapist Outfitters website offers tools and guidance for psychologists, counselors, social workers and other mental health professionals.
Donaldson’s passion is the exploration of the human psyche, which first led him to the world of literature, particularly the novels of Fitzgerald and Joyce. He earned his Masters in English from Wayne State University. After teaching college English for many years, he found a new venue for his explorations as a counseling psychologist earning his Masters in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. His mission is to create environments in which men, including himself, can grow into the naturally big-hearted people they really are. He found his greatest fulfillment of this mission as a counselor facilitating the long-term men’s therapy group, Transitions. This program is based on the assumption that change is what happens to us and transitions are how we handle change. He repeatedly watched men grow into more accountable, compassionate persons who learned to develop more authentic and intimate relationships.
Since retiring, Donaldson divides his time between his two homes on Beaver Island and in Petoskey, Michigan both of which overlook the shores of Lake Michigan and provide ideal settings for reflection and writing. He’s grateful for a loving community of men and women who seek liberation for both genders, and for his dog, Benny, a spiritual guide whose boundless enthusiasm provides him daily lessons of the joy of living in the present.
Charlie conducts phone and Skype counseling, facilitates a men’s group, and sees clients at the The Men’s Counseling Center of Northern Michigan.