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Robert Donaldson, LMFT

Robert Donaldson, LMFT


Licensed in CA #86291
Insurances Accepted: Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Health Net/MHN
With the right practical psychological tools, it's possible to bring a sense of enjoyment back into the routines of daily life.

My Therapy Style

Each person’s journey into therapy is a unique act of courage. I am a California-licensed marriage and family therapist and saw my first therapy client in 2004. I have been privileged to work with countless courageous people since that time.

I work with individuals in various stages of life and career transitions, stressed college students, people dealing with LGBT, gender identity, and coming out issues, creative writers and artists, and successful professionals overwhelmed with a busy life. I have witnessed firsthand how anyone can cultivate a sense of serenity even in the midst of major external uncertainty. With the right practical psychological tools, it's possible to bring a sense of enjoyment back into the routines of daily life. It's not always easy, but it is possible.

By learning to intentionally monitor and align our thoughts and behaviors, our emotions calm. We come into balance. Through increased awareness and intention, we heal old hurts and begin experiencing more peace. We start moving in the direction of our most heartfelt dreams and intentions.

I view modern psychotherapy as a sacred art that is grounded in the ancient healing and storytelling traditions found throughout the world. Being with another person as they bloom into the full authenticity of who they truly are is one of the great joys of my life. I’d be honored to accompany you on your own unique therapy journey.

Education & Training

MA - Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I spent many hours in the client chair, transforming my own life through psychotherapy. I felt called to carry on the tradition of what was given to me by mental health professionals by becoming a therapist myself.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy creative writing, road trips, and coffee houses.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Daily meditation.

What book have you read more than once?

The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. I believe each human life is its own hero's journey, regardless of how extraordinary or mundane it may seem. I learn something new every time I open this book.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

International Rescue Committee (IRC). The IRC does tremendous work around the world, helping people in some of the most dangerous and remote places on the planet.

How do you recharge?

I drink a good cup of coffee, grab a pen and blank piece paper and let my writer self play, or I hop in the car for a short spontaneous road-trip, or I call a friend to chat.

Do you have any pets?

My cat Lyle and my dog Grace are generally at my side whenever I'm at home.