Dona Laressa Desmond, Ph.D., LMFT, Couples Counseling LA

Name:Dona Laressa Desmond, Ph.D., LMFT
Specialty:Marriage & Family Therapist—Couples Communication and Anger Recovery
Counselor—21 years experience
Location:2001 South Barrington Ave
Suite 301
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-281-3051
COUPLES THERAPIST 21 years experience.

My goal is to help you with your relationship. Whether you need a major overhaul or just a small upgrade, my goal is to help you make the changes that will improve your relationship in ways that are real and concrete.

I understand how things can get off track. Sometimes the best thing is to interrupt painful patterns by bringing in an outside voice, like a Couples Therapist, who can understand both points of view, give you a safe place to vent and help you learn new ways to deal with each other.  

Love heals us, but it also hurts us sometimes, and when that happens it's a good time for a bit of Couples Therapy.  It's not always possible to figure everything out on your own. Couples Therapy can provide you with helpful observations, encouragement, and customized guidance.

There are many stages to being a couple, each with its own unique set of challenges. Whether you are dating, living together, committed, engaged, married or in a long distance relationship, there are times when Couples Counseling is a gift that you can give yourself and the person you love.

I help couples prevent break-ups and stop power struggles using communication to bridge your differences and get you on the same page. I will help you resolve misunderstandings and stop emotional damage.

I can assist you in moving away from frustrations and resentments by showing you positive ways to solve problems together. I will help you overcome the bad patterns that undermine your relationship and help you get over issues from the past. I am available to help you fix your relationship before things go too far.

We'll explore the issues and together we will define the bottom line. We'll focus on solutions that are unique to your situation. I listen, but I'll also connect and interact with you. You won't feel alone; you will know that you have an experienced couples therapist working with you to make things better.

It's very hard when love is out of sync, on the brink or caught in destructive patterns. When love is off course it disturbs all aspects of your life. I understand how love can slide into bad patterns. You may want to change just one thing or the entire trajectory of your love life. The type of therapy that I provide can encompass both of those.

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.

If you are nervous about therapy, no worries! You can have a brief, free consultation which I can do  with you either via email or, as time allows, via a 10-15 minute phone call.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Email me for quickest response.
Warm regards,
Dona Laressa Desmond PhD
Masters and DoctoratePsychology and the Human SciencesAntioch/AU1989
Certified Professional CoachCollege of Executive CoachingSanta Barbara CA2007-2013
Relationship RescueN/AN/A21 Years experience.
NameIssued ByDuration
Licensed Marriage Family TherapistState of California1993-ongoing
Association for Relationship ResearchCalifornia Association of Marriage Family TherapistsInternational Counselors and Therapists
Other Location:
Two locations:
2001 South Barrington Ave
Suite 301
West Los Angeles, CA 90025

21243 Ventura Blvd
Suite 215
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Along with office visits Skype, iChat and Phone Sessions are also available.
Insurance:I am an "out of network provider" for most major PPO's. If you would like an explanation of what that means to you please email me with your questions. I'll help translate that for you! Also please note--If you have a deductible a large portion of the money that you pay for therapy will go toward your deducible. Some companies that usually reimburse you directly are: Aetna~ Anthem Blue Cross~ Cigna~ United Health Care~
Here are my fees:
$175.00 per 60 minute session when payment is made via check, Pay Pal or credit card
$165.00 for 60 minute session- cash payment
$87.50 for 30 minute session
$131.45 for 45 minute session

I keep 3 slots open for sliding scale clients; that range is $110-$135. If you are seeking a sliding scale then please contact me via email and I can tell you if it's currently available.

Sometimes people really want to work with me and can only afford sessions twice a month. When this is the case I am happy to arrange for that. Just let me know in advance. Thanks!

Best wishes and warm regards,
DL Desmond PhD
Day and Evening appointments available. Contact me for exact times. Thanks!


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