desmondpsychology@gmail.com

West Los Angeles

90025

Woodland Hills, CA

91364

Couples Therapy & Relationship Rescue

Dona Laressa Desmond PhD, LMFT

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Woodland Hills CA 91364     West Los Angeles CA 90025

Call: 1-310-281-3051

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"...We really liked how you were non-judgmental, didn't take sides and were non-bias to each of our personal difficulties and weaknesses.  We know we need a communication counselor to be that for us and thank you for doing that because it makes us feel safe to open up. We also appreciated your keen ear and listening to each of us. And when we started to argue, you de-escalated it without telling us we were bad and with that we managed to express what we wanted.  We found it very helpful when you were describing how men and women are wired and it gave us something to refer to and it's something we will always remember. Also by you taking some time before you spoke showed us that you were careful and focused and we could tell you gave us a more tailored approach for US, instead of a generic freewheeling recipe. This shined for us." Client - West Los Angeles, CA

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"...My husband hates therapy but our friends saw Dona Desmond for some Couples Therapy so he said he would go with me for counseling. It's helping us not fight becasue we fight all the time. He says she's fair. I like it because she's calm and we dont fight around her. It surprised us that she showed a sense of humor." Client - Encino, CA

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"...My wife and I needed to schedule an appointment to work on some very important issues in our marriage. But in short helping my wife and I connect in a deeper way, and helping me specifically connect emotionally with myself. We had been experiencing difficulty in our marriage of 8 years, and wanted  to see if marriage counseling could help us with our issues. We found Dona Desmond online and she was quick to respond. Our sessions were sometimes funny and often edgy, because my wife says I hide behind humor. But Dona helped us and I recommend her for marriage counseling." Client -  Bevery Hills, CA

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"...We were referred by our son’s therapist to Dona Desmond. He recommended her as a couples therapist for my wife and I. We never compromise and I cannot do right whatever I do. It just saddens me for everything to be a battle. My wife says our marriage is too much pain & she thinks I hate everything which is unbelievable to me. We have marriage counseling twice a month because of my travel schedule. Dona is kind to us both and works with our schedule. We have been getting better and I think its because she helps us communicate in her office. It is a slow go but we both feel a light and some hope." Client - Agoura Hills, CA

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"...We are newly married and my husband & I have been struggling. He is incredibly controlling and all around difficult, sick person. He demands an unhealthy amount of attention and I needed tools to deal with this awful situation. At first he wouldn't come to counseling with me but when I didn't keep blaming him for everything he agreed to try it. After a few sessions of marriage counseling with Dona Desmond we had a small evening together and really connected. He admitted to being mean like his dad and confused about how to be a good husband. This was huge! I thank D. Desmond for this since she is so fair in the way she listens to both of us during counseling. She is helping us so much it’s been a couple of weeks of calm at home. Fingers crossed!!!" Client - Mar Vista, CA


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"...I'm relationship savvy, but I still went through amazingly confusing times in my relationship. Dona grounded me when I felt like a plastic bag in the wind. What I liked was her experience and perspective, and how she applied it to me. I work in film so I'm also a stickler for authenticity." Client -  Hollywood, CA

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" ...We've seen Dona Desmond off & on for a few years. My boyfriend and I were long distance till I moved to LA to be with him. I left everything then it blew up. That's when we found Dona. She helped us so much with what she calls our power struggle and communication pitfalls. A couple of years later we went back to her because my boyfriend wanted to start a business with me and I was afraid it would blow things up. She worked with us on balancing power and how to reach consensus. The business is working! Then we went back for pre-marriage therapy & that was great. Now we are trying to pregnant & we're seeing her again!" Client - Venice, CA

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"... I'm glad that I have the opportunity to write about my experience with Dona Desmond. We started seeing her when I was dealing with the after effects of an illness, but we continued to see her because her feedback was, and is, very valuable to us a couple. We tend to ask her be "the voice or reason" in our life when things go south. Her style is friendly and comfortable." Client - Westlake, CA

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"...It was imperative that my husband and I meet with someone. I am also a recovering addict, I recently got out of my first treatment center and I didn't know how to be with my husband clean. So as a recovering addict, relationship issues were very difficult to deal with. I thank Dona so much for helping us reconnect and communicate. Its progress not perfection still but our marriage is way better." Client - Redondo Beach, CA

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"...In my opinion, Dona's strength i that she comments, not only listens.  In my sessions we have a dialog, a real conversation. I'm an attorney and usually I'm in charge of everything but Dona gives me thoughtful, thought provoking comments. I tend to be action oriented. Dona works with my style and helps me create an action plan.  She offers suggestions and helps me weigh my ideas and options. I always feel that I'm an active part of the solution.  If you're looking for a knowledgeable well balanced approach that leaves you firmly in charge I would definitely suggest seeing Dona Desmond." Client - Santa Monica, CA

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"... Dear Dona, Thanks once again for your clear, concise and organized feedback about our situation. This has indeed served as a platform for our understanding. You showed us a linear process for progress. Your intelligence & diligence with that wonderful touch of humanity and personalization are so rare and priceless today. It definitely sets you in a league of your own. We're amazed that you could do this long distance using only skpe. Thanks very much!" Client - Calabasas, CA

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"...My wife and I have been arguing in and off for the past 2 years.  Always about the same issues.  We can't see eye to eye.  We have twins now and I just want to stop fighting. We found Dona Desmond through Psychology Today and she was able to see us within the week.It just feels good for the both of us to talk about our problems with someone other than each other.  She showed us how to stop competing and listen I think so we will feel good and learn to be better partners for each other. " Client - Brentwood, CA

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"... I was referred to Dona Desmond after several tragic events resulted in a depression and sadness I hadn't experienced before. I was apprehensive about therapy and with sharing intimate details of my life with a stranger.  However, when I met 'Dr. D', she immediately made me feel comfortable and safe. Her kindness sets you at ease, her intellect is like that of a healing mentor, and her humor reminds you she's always your ally.  Dona helped me through a very dark period by giving me the skills necessary to overcome and cope.  She has shown me points of view I was blind to, exposed me to perspectives I wasn't aware of and helped me rediscover something inside me.  I will never be able to articulate how truly grateful I am for everything she's done as it's played a pivotal role in my mental, physical and psychological development.  Thank you!" Client - Agoura Hills, CA

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"...I was referred to Dona Desmond during the worst two years of my life personally and professionally. I have an Ivy League education and a great job but I was drowning in depression. My boss was/is a maniac!!! I felt bad about myself all the time and I started eating. Nights and week ends got really bad. Some of my friends had gone to Dona Desmond. I liked her in the first session. I found her to be very empathetic and accessible. She's intelligent, experienced, determined and dogged in her pursuit of useful solutions.  She helped me be more optimistic and believe in myself again. I started taking my power back. She taught me how to keep a positive attitude. I appreciate that more than I can say." Client - Marina Del Rey, CA

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"... I have found you to be the rare exception to the many therapists who could not stimulate my progress!!! LOL!!! I still haven't concluded whether that has been the result of their limited skill-sets or my ego pride! But you truly helped me..what fantastic work." Client - Malibu, CA

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"...Well I had a relationship problem with my girl who wanted to leave me and I didn’t know why she wouldn't tell me the truth. I wanted to work things out so badly because I love this girl to death and I feel like the biggest idiot that I could lose her after 3 years when I was going to ask to marry me but we always got into a really big fight. She said she would stay if I got counseling but Dona wanted to see us at the same time. My girl didn't leave me and we’re getting married soon!" Client - Chatsworth, CA

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"...Thanks for your help.  We feel comfortable with your knowledge and professional attitude. Our first session with you was amazing. My girlgriend said she feels hope now and ditto for me." Client - Brentwood, CA

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My girl friend and I had been in our relationship for about 4 years. I had things which has caused her to have trust issues, anger and resentment towards me. We hit at a breaking point.We both wanted to settle down and start a family but our issues were not allowing us. We looked for a therapist because we wanted to figure out our sex life and our ways of communicating and supporting each other.  And we needed to find a way where all of our issues and concerns are dealt with by both of us and not just one person weighing all of the pressure on her or I.  We wanted things to get better and be so loving like we know we can be when we;re good. A friend of ours referred us to Dona and she nailed some things. We felt really hopeful we’r making progress. I like that she didn't make me feel bad about myself for some of the things I did and want to stop. If you have trouble understanding each other she can probably help you like she did for us." Client - Hollywood, CA

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"...I reunited with my ex then moved to LA to live together. It was great for a month but now he's the nightmare my friends predicted. I don't know who he is now and I'm totally sick of his BS attitude. I found Dona Desmond online then we saw her for several months. She was always fair with both of us. My boyfriend listened to her and I shared my real feelings with him in those sessions." Client - Canoga Park, CA

Dona Laressa Desmond, PhD, LMFT

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