Dr. Dona Desmond, PHD

Marriage & Family TherapyFemaleAge 51

Marriage & Family Therapy

Dr. Dona Desmond, PHD is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Marina Del Rey, CA. Her office is not accepting new patients.

Dr. Dona Desmond, PHD
4712 Admiralty Way # 192 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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"Welcome! There are pages of  verified client reviews and testimonials available on my website. As a Couples Therapist I have helped relationships in the LA area for 26 years. My goal is to help you fix yo..."

- Dr. Dona Desmond, PHD

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Dr. Desmond's conditions and procedures:

  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Marital Counseling
  • Marital Therapy

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(310) 281-3051

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We were looking to improve our communication. Dona Desmond is very perceptive and always kind. She helped us with anger issues, now we're working on communication. This has been really helpful. for us. We recommend her.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Oct 19, 2019
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Our situation, thankfully, has really improved. We liked her clear, concise organized feedback about our situation, all delivered with empathy and kindness. That mix worked for us. Grateful for Dr. Desmond’s help. Really comfortable with her. A caring effective therapist for us. We tried another therapist before but we were still stuck. Dr. D showed us an action plan for progress.
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Oct 19, 2019
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Our premarital counseling was awesome. It was on our checklist to do and we found Dr. Dona through another couple we know. We loved her menu of things to discuss that we hadn’t really focused on before. We really found value in sitting with her and now also recommend her.
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Oct 19, 2019
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We just met with Dr Desmond for 6 weeks of premarital counseling and really appreciate how thorough she was in going over all the aspects of a strong marriage with us plus helping us with some other issues that we have always struggled with. We’re so glad she could be our counselor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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Oct 19, 2019
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Very effective counseling! Week five already seeing improvement in our communication. Dr Dona is astute, perceptive, warm and caring. She has given us specifics to wok on at home plus has us focused on communication with new ways to solve problems together. We're feeling quite hopeful. Glad we found her.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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Oct 19, 2019
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Great relationship therapist! My wife and I just completed the 6 session couples package with Dr Desmond. I work in film so have unpredictable hours. Part of the problem. She responded quickly/saw us late after work which helped. We were at the cross road, no effective communication, just fights. Her direction helped. Insightful. She was gentle about it but specific and clear which worked for us. I recommend her. Clearly focused us on solutions.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Sep 29, 2019
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Dr Desmond has been very helpful to us — teaching us new concepts, validating both our views, and allowing us to have many insights. I’m hopeful under her guidance we will come out the other end more connected.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Sep 09, 2019
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I warned Dr. Desmond before our session that my husband had narcissistic behavior and she ignored me, validated his views that he was being rational, and allowed him to gaslight me the whole time. I was defenseless and I'm extremely disappointed that she failed to pick that up. She allowed him to do what he has done to me for the past year right in front of her eyes, and that's make me feel like i am the one with all the problems, i was the one that needed to change, my kids were awful and i wasn't a good mom.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
5 people found this helpful
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Aug 24, 2019
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We have been so happy with DR Desmond. It’s super impressive how well she Remembers details week to week, gives great advice, is not judgmental and leaves us feeling so much better.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
13 people found this helpful
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Bespokes in West Hills , CA – Oct 10, 2018
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This doctor caused far more damage than good.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
5 people found this helpful
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Feb 18, 2018
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Caring, insightful help at a time of need.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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Calabasas, CA – Apr 28, 2016
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About Me

Biography

Welcome! There are pages of  verified client reviews and testimonials available on my website. As a Couples Therapist I have helped relationships...Read more

Specialties

  • Marriage & Family Therapy

Awards

  • Teach Relationship Skills Courses in Europe, periodic/o
  • Taught American Psychology Techniques in Russia, 1999
  • Designed Stress Management For Law Enforcment, 1999-2001

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Dr. Desmond frequently treats Family Psychotherapy, Marital Counseling, and Marital Therapy. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Desmond treats.

Where is Dr. Dona Desmond, PHD's office located?

Dr. Desmond's office is located at 4712 Admiralty Way # 192, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Practice

4712 Admiralty Way # 192 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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