Dona Laressa Desmond, PhD, LMFT

Couples Therapy, PreMarital & Marriage Counseling

Couples Therapy, Marriage & PreMarital Counseling

desmondpsychology@gmail.com

27 years experience helping Couples in the LA area

Santa Monica 90404                                            Woodland Hills 91364                                              Culver City 90066    

310 281 3051

My style as a Therapist is help you identify the issues and get both of you on the same page. I am trained in helping Couples find new and better ways to communicate. We will collaborate and come up with an actual plan for improving your marriage. Then I will guide, support and keep you focused on solutions. Therapy isn't only about exploring feelings; I also aim to help you produce results and real change.

Sometimes marriages get stuck in unproductive patterns

Life rolls on and it can feel like there is no energy left to work on the marriage until an issue becomes too difficult and something must be done about it. This is the time when Marriage Counseling can benefit you.

Marriage Counseling to lower tension, resolve upsetting conflicts & change poor habits in your communication patterns

As your Marriage Counselor I will address your emotional concerns as well as those of your spouse.

What you need to bring is humility and willingness to accept & understand your part in the relationship dynamic. Marriage Counseling does not take sides. I am an objective emotional facilitator working for the betterment of your relationship.

Counseling can only succeed when blame is decreased and personal ownership is present. We will aim to lower tensions, increase relationship satisfaction, reduce conflict and refresh intimacy. As your Therapist I will provide you with a safe, neutral environment. You can relax and get the extra support, guidance and objective feedback that you need to focus on your marriage.

Marriage Counseling is usually short term & focuses on improving specific areas of the marriage

The process of Marriage Counseling can feel like a great relief. The session gives you dedicated time, with no distractions, to slow down, communicate and focus fully on your marriage. You gain positive relationship skills, understanding and closeness your spouse. Tensions are lowered, intimacy is enhanced and emotional wounds healed. A cozier more resilient marriage is a real possibility.

I will work as hard as you do to help you improve your marriage

If you and your spouse need compassionate, focused assistance to improve something in your marriage you can contact me.

Email is the best way to reach me

I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,

Dona Laressa Desmond PhD

CPC CA LMFT

desmondpsychology@gmail.com

I help couples resolve conflict & build resilience

Sometimes a marriage is basically happy and just needs a small tweak in a certain area. I can help you with that. Other times, some underlying pattern constantly disturbs the emotional smoothness and the stability of your marriage.

Don't despair, the majority of conflicts that Couples face can be fixed. Over the years I have seen Marriage Counseling make improvements that are both subtle and dramatic.

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