Couples Infidelity Help Woodland Hills 91364

Woodland Hills

West Los Angeles

Santa Monica

Infidelity Recovery  

for Couples

310 980 7430

Who is Laressa Desmond PhD, LMFT?

I specialize in Couples Therapy in the LA area. I work with all phases of relationship, from dating, living together, engagement to marriage. Private practice since 1993. I see clients at my offices in Santa Monica, Culver City, West LA & Woodland Hills, as well as via video therapy and phone-sessions.


CA LMFT 29944

Certifications, Specialty Trainings & Degrees

Emergency Medical Tech          UCLA,Medical Center Pre-Hospital Care

Masters/Doctorate              Antioch/AU, Psychology & Human Sciences

Couples Communication                     UCLA,    Mentor: Dr. Alex French

Relationship Dynamics                       UCLA, Mentor: Dr. Alex French

Anger Management                                    1 year internship at SCCC

Trauma Training

Trauma Recovery             Certified in Mitchell Technique, UC San Diego

Red Cross Certification                     Early Stage Disaster Management

Red Cross Certification         Crisis Debriefing for Emergency Personnel

Red Cross Certification      Debrief Disaster Workers & First Responders

Teaching USA

Crossroads School                         Teaching Intern Life Skills Program

FBI, LA Bureau                    Taught "Depression, Impact & Prevention"

FBI, LA Bureau              Taught "Stress Management in the Workplace"

Teaching Abroad

Center for Citizen Initiatives                   

Taught American Psychology Techniques European psychologists, psychiatrists, policeman & middle school teachers

Coach Training & Certification

Certified Professional Coach

Santa Barbara College Executive Coaching

ICF                                                   International Coach Federation

Relationship Coach Training                                Coaching for Couples

Technical Consultant for Film & TV

TV                                                      Oprah, Episode on "Infidelity"

TV                                                       Naomi Judd Talk Show "Pilot"

Film                           Bette Midler, Woody Allen,"Scenes From A Mall"

Guest Therapist for Radio & TV

CNN News                                           "Treatment of Panic Disorder."

KRLA Radio                                  "Issues of Life: Your Relationships."

Fox TV                                      "Impact of OCD Parents on Children."

MTV                                                "Effect of TV Violence on Teens."

NBC                           "Crisis Therapy for Families Impacted by 9/11."

Additional Skill Sets

Emotional Intelligence: Testing & Enhancement, (specializing in Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Method)

Trained in:

The Gottman Method

Emotional Focused Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Brief Strategic Solution-Based Therapy


American Association of Integrative Medicine

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Association for Traumatic Stress Specialists

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

International Association for Relationship Research

What makes me unique as a therapist?

There are several unique qualities that I bring to my clinical practice. One interesting aspect is the way that I began my practice in the Los Angeles area. I launched my practice by doing house calls and field work with clients. The population that I initially served was those who were homebound due to PTSD or anxiety disorders such as agoraphobia. Their fragile emotional state was such that they couldn't leave their home to attend therapy.

During those home sessions, of course, it was often the case that other family members would be present, usually a spouse. It became efficient to include them in the sessions and via that I began to understand the contagious nature of emotions inside a relationship. As this process evolved I branched out in deeper theoretical and practical ways for helping couples.

The other population that I did field work with was people who had developed specific phobias such as flying, driving, elevators, etc. I went with these clients and did therapy with them in such places as airports, on planes, trains, freeways, in malls, hotels, grocery stores, etc. I accompanied them through their systematic desensitization as they regained their freedom to move normally in the world.

I saw couples at my office 3 days a week and did house calls and field work 2 days a week for 10 years. The range of my client base extended from Santa Clarita to Santa Monica. My clientele included housewives, celebrities, law enforcement, first responders, executives and business owners.

I am happy to extend my knowledge and wisdom to help you in your relationship and marriage.

Email is the best way to reach me

I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,

Dona Laressa Desmond PhD


About me

Infidelity recovery, Woodland Hills 91364
Infidelity recovery center for couples, Woodland Hills, 91364

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