Don Ross

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Don Ross

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 12353
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Health Net
  • HealthNet
  • Health Net of California
  • Managed Health Network (MHN)
  • MHNet
  • MHNet Behavioral Health
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Optum Health
  • Oscar Health Insurance Co.
  • SutterSelect
  • UMR
  • United American Insurance Company
  • United Behavioral Health
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Murrieta, California 92563
Woodland, California 95695

My Approach to Helping

I’ve been a licensed marriage and family therapist for 31 years, as well as a life and career coach. I’ve worked in community mental health, substance abuse treatment, and private practice.

If you’re reading this, you’re likely in some kind of crisis. I see the crisis as a unique opportunity to grow: to change behaviors and attitudes that no longer serve us and to find new and more authentic ways of being.

Clearly, relationships have hurt us—especially our early ones. Relationships also offer us the best hope for healing. My priority is to make the therapy relationship one of mutual honesty, compassion, and growth—and a place to learn skills to get through life’s challenges with grace.

In the therapy session, I work to create a safe place for us to be our true, human selves—where both our worst and best qualities will in time be revealed. I work in the here-and-now, exploring your present concerns and goals more than your past history. I know that empathy promotes healing and I regularly ask for feedback to be sure my clients feel understood. I provide resources, tools, and skills that clients can use between sessions. I also work to help people learn self-compassion (see since that ability is necessary to heal and grow.

I am committed to continually growing my skills and clinical understanding. With couples, I draw on my training with Sue Johnson in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. I am also studying and practicing nonviolent communication—a powerful language for emotions and human needs—and find this model to be helpful with clients. In my sessions, I strive to be as "real" as is clinically appropriate. In my experience, the therapist’s skillful revealing of hisher emotions in response to the client is central to the healing process.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior

Types of Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic

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