"22 years helping couples become their best ♥♥♥ "

PreMarital Counseling Los Angeles

Dona Laressa Desmond PhD, LMFT

Woodland Hills CA 91364     West Los Angeles CA 90025

Who is Dona Laressa Desmond PhD, LMFT?

I specialize in Couples Therapy in the LA area. I work with most aspects of relationship, from dating to PreMarital to Marriage Counseling. Private practice since 1993. I see clients in my offices, in West LA and Woodland Hills, as well as via FaceTime and phone-sessions.


California Marriage, Family, Therapist License # MFT29944.

Degrees, Specialty Trainings and Certifications

Emergency Medical Technician-Medical Center Pre-Hospital Care, UCLA

Masters/Doctorate in Psychology ~ Antioch/AU

Couples Communication ~ Mentor: Dr. Alex French, UCLA

Gender & Relationship Dynamics ~ Mentor: Dr. Alex French, UCLA

Anger Management ~ 1 year internship at SCCC

Coach Training

Certified Professional Coach ~ COEC, Santa Barbara, CA.

Member International Coach Federation

Relationship Coaching for Couples

Technical Consultant~ Film and TV

Film ~ Woody Allen movie, "Scenes From A Mall"

TV ~ Naomi Judd Talk Show Pilot

TV ~ Oprah, Episode on "Infidelity"

Guest Therapist~ TV and Radio

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, September 11, 2001."

Trauma Training

Trauma Recovery ~ Certified in the Mitchell Technique, UC San Diego

Red Cross Certification ~ Early Stage Disaster Management Red Cross Certification

Red Cross Certification ~ Crisis Debriefing for Emergency Services Personnel

Red Cross Certification ~ Crisis Intervention for Disaster Workers & First Responders

Additional Skill Sets

Emotional Intelligence: Testing and Enhancement ~ Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Method


Crossroads School, (Santa Monica, CA.)--Teaching Intern/Life Skills Program

Workshops--"Depression in the Workplace." FBI, LA Bureau

Workshops--"Stress Management in the Workplace." FBI, LA Bureau

Teaching Abroad

CCI, Ekaterinborg ~ I taught American Psychology Techniques to Russian psychologists, psychiatrists and middle school teachers.


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?

Actually 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. After graduation and internship, I launched my practice by doing house calls. The population that I initially served were those people who were homebound with PTSD due to trauma or anxiety disorders such as agoraphobia. Their fragile emotional state was such that they couldn't leave their home to attend therapy.The range of my client base extended from Santa Clarita to Santa Monica. 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 into deeper theoretical and practical ways for helping couples.

Dona Laressa Desmond, PhD, LMFT

Expert Couples Counseling & Life Coach

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