Dona Laressa Desmond


Dona Laressa Desmond


Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT
Secondary Credential: Couples Therapist - 26 years experience.
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Fees: I don't take insurance as payment but i do offer a range of price options including some PrePaid Package Deals. All that info is on the fees page of my main website.
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20301 Ventura Blvd
Suite 336
Woodland Hills, California 91364

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My Approach to Helping

26 years experience ~ Solution Focused Relationship Expert


Communication expert helping you get closer

It's so easy for good love to slide into bad patterns. Life gets busy, communication falls off and suddenly there is a barrier between you. I understand how that happens. I'm here to help you move past conflicts, get on the same page and feel closer to each other.

Relationships have a powerful impact on our emotions whether we are dating, living together or married. When love is off course it can distract you from focusing on other areas of your life.

Frustrating power struggles and unfruitful communication increase when a Couple gets out of sync. I'm here to help you reverse that trend and get into a loving zone with each other.

I can help you prevent or undo emotional damage, solve problems together and learn gentler communication. All of this will reinvigorate your connection so that you experience each other in new and more positive ways.

As a Couples Therapist I will give you a safe place to explore, vent and grow. We'll define the challanges and focus on solutions. I'll honor your feelings while helping you get unstuck.

Lack of trust, differences in personal rhythms and vulnerable mood patterns can often cause confusing resentments to form a wall which separates and frustrates leading to unhappiness in the relationship. It's not always easy to fix this on your own and sadly the passage of time doesn't always heal the differences between people.

If you find yourself in this spot I can help you. You will know that you have an experienced Couples Therapist working with you to improve your relationship. If you're struggling with issues of trust, communication or in emotional distress email me, let's see how I can hep you.

I counsel all relationship issues including the non-traditional. I have an unflinching fascination with all facets of human nature and I am happy to extend my expertise to you. Bring me your relationship issues; I will help you sort things out and find solutions.

I also offer special emergency sessions on Sundays in Santa Monica, CA 90404.

I look forward to speaking with you. Email me for fastest contact. Feel free to visit my personal website for extensive info on who I am and what I can do for you. (The link to my website is above under my picture.)

Warm regards,
Dona Laressa Desmond PhD
Couples Counseling Los Angeles

More Info About My Practice


Please visit the fess page of my website for the many fee options available.

Insurance ~
I am an out of network provider for several major insurance PPO's. For an explanation of what this means email me. I'll be happy to translate it for you!

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Couples Communication
Couples Therapy
Premarital Counseling
Marriage Counseling
Intimacy Improvement
Letting Go of the Past
Relationship Rescue
Problem Solving as a Couple
Time Management and Intimacy
Conflict Resolution for Relationships
Enhanced Listening
Resentment Recovery
Needs vs Wants
Privacy and Taking Personal Space
Collaboration in Relationships
Clashing Values
Making a Fresh Start
Honoring Agreements
Infidelity and Cheating
Online Affairs
Affair Proofing Your Marriage
Trauma Healing
Anger Release
Healing from the Past
Sex and Passion
Sex Therapy for Couples
Second Marriages
Mid-Life Romances

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Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Energy Psychology
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Lifespan Integration (LI)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Possibility Therapy
  • Pragmatic / Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psycho-Physical Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Radiant Heart Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Reality Therapy
  • Redecision therapy
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
  • Time Line Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma Relief Unlimited (TRU)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Voice Dialogue
  • Yoga Therapy
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