Couples Infidelity Help Woodland Hills 91364

Woodland Hills

West Los Angeles

Santa Monica

Infidelity Recovery  

for Couples

Who is Dona 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, West LA & Woodland Hills, as well as via FaceTime and phone-sessions.

License 

CA LMFT 29944

Certifications, Specialty Trainings & Degrees

Emergency Medical Technician  Medical Center Pre-Hospital Care, UCLA

Masters/Doctorate                   Antioch/AU, Psychology & Human Sciences

Couples Communication           Mentor: Dr. Alex French, UCLA

Relationship Dynamics             Mentor: Dr. Alex French, UCLA

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" to

                                  European psychologists, psychiatrists, middle                                     school teachers

Coach Training & Certification

Certified Professional Coach      College Executive Coaching, Santa Barbara, CA.

ICF                                         International Coach Federation

Relationship Coach                   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, ( Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Method)

Trained in:

The Gottman Method

Emotional Focused Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Jungian

Brief Strategic Solution-Based Therapy

Affiliations

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.


About me

Please note: I do not treat suicide or domestic violence. If you are having any kind of urgent situation please call 911 or your local police. The phone number for the suicide prevention hotline is

1 800 273 8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org



Infidelity Recovery for Couples

Couples Communication

Couples Conflict Resolution

PreMarital Counseling

Fertility & Pregnancy issues

IVF Support

Relationship Enhancement & Love Reboot

Couples Therapy

Marriage issues & Marriage Counseling 

Marriage Rescue Program

Relationship Struggles with Intimacy

I definitely do work with couples who are in recovery from substance abuse/addictions as long as there is at least 1 year clean and sober and an ongoing participation in recovery such as AA, etc.

Suicide

Domestic Violence

Self-Harm

Legal Issues

Active Drug Addiction

Active Alcoholism

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

High-conflict divorce

Child custody issues

Dept of Child Family Services issues

Bi-Polar Disorder

Eating Disorders

Gambling problems

Sexual addiction

Internet porn addiction

Schizophrenia

School Shootings

Sex Trafficing, Sex Offenders

Crime or legal isssues

Rape

I don't work with children or adolescents


I don't work with clients who are in danger of harming themselves or others. Additionally, I don’t counsel any issues that involve the legal system.

ISSUES THAT I WORK WITH & SPECIALIZE IN

ISSUES THAT I DON'T WORK WITH BUT CAN GIVE REFERRAL

Sex Therapy for Couples

Abandonment Issues

Insecurity issues 

Power Struggles

Co-Dependency 

Co-Habitation Adjustment 

Anger Management

Arguing

Resentment Recovery 

Relationship break-up help

ADD/ADHD