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Robert Donaldson, LMFT
With the right practical psychological tools, it's possible to bring a sense of enjoyment back into the routines of daily life.

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Robert Donaldson, LMFT


Licensed in



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Harm Reduction, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

Regardless of our current life or health situation, I believe each day offers opportunities for serenity, peace, and joy. But serious challenges can come up. Illness, addiction, aging, and the stressors of a busy life can block us from experiencing the life we know is possible. Sometimes we need to mourn the loss of what we once had, accept physical reality exactly as it is, and explore new ways of successfully bringing healthy pleasure and enjoyment back into everyday life.

In my work with hospice patients, the homeless, people facing serious addiction and health challenges, and people overwhelmed by a busy life, I’ve witnessed firsthand how anyone can cultivate a sense of serenity even in the midst of major external challenges. 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's possible.

Often, we have a strong intellectual understanding of our problems, but these problems continue in the form of anxiety, depression, or addiction. By intentionally monitoring and aligning 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 and serenity.

I began my work as a therapist in 2004 and think of modern psychotherapy as a sacred art that's grounded in the ancient healing and storytelling traditions found throughout the world. I am always profoundly honored to share in the personal discoveries that happen in the therapy room, whether we’re in the same room or miles apart meeting virtually. I’d be honored to take a journey of discovery and healing with you.


MA - Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

License Number and State

CA 86291



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.