29 years experience helping Couples in the LA area
My goal is to help you improve and enhance your relationship so that you can leave therapy and live your life.
Welcome to my site, I'm glad you're here! I provide Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling, IVF Support, Infidelity Recovery, as well as PreMarital Counseling.
As a Relationship Therapist I help couples in all stages of love -- attraction, serious dating, living together, committed, thinking about getting engaged, engaged and married, I am available to help you enhance your emotional life together or, if you're struggling, I can help you repair your relationship before things go too far.
Change a small pattern, a big reaction or the subtle direction of your love life
Are you trying hard to get closer but hitting a wall? Do you want to prevent a break-up? Maybe stop the power struggles and improve your communication together ? I can help you resolve misunderstandings, ease frustrations and repair both overt or covert emotional damage.
I am trained in several modalities including the Gottman Method, EFT, Family Systems, Emotional Intelligence, Executive Coaching and Cog-B.
As your Therapist I understand that it's very hard when your love life is out of sync. You feel caught in painful patterns. When love is off course it disturbs all aspects of your life. If bad patterns are undermining your relationship I will help you change them. If things are ok but need a small tweak in a specific area I can assist you with that.
One of the mysteries of love is that we can deeply love someone that we can't seem to get along with
Usually the problems that plague Couples are the smaller ones that just simmer along, more like rust than an explosion - like the inability to solve problems together in a smooth, efficient way. Have you ever wanted to solve a problem with your partner only to have it turn into a battlefield of unexpected drama? This is so frustrating and can be disheartening. Try as you might the conversation just doesn't go in a straight line, instead of solving one problem it seems that new problems keep cropping up.
Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling have been around long enough now for us to know that there are certain techniques that actually work. Along with traditional psychology
methods new techniques can be incorporated to help Couples.
Emotional Intelligence, relationship research, and knowledge that comes from the realm of Conflict Resolution can now be successfully modified for the fiery emotional terrain of love and marriage.
If you would benefit from learning new ways to communicate and handling problems together I can help you.
In our sessions you'll feel two things rather quickly: safe and understood
As your Therapist I will listen, connect and interact with you. You'll know that you have an experienced Relationship Specialist working with you to resolve your issues and improve your experience together.
I have an unflinching fascination with all facets of human nature. I counsel most relationship issues including the non-traditional. I am happy to extend my expertise to you. Bring me your relationship challenges; I will help you sort things out and find solutions.
Email is the best way to reach me.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Dona Laressa Desmond PhD
CPC CA LMFT
$30 discount on video sessions