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 Cheri L. McDonald, PhD, LMFT

Dr. Cheri Dr.Cheri strongly believes that in order to ensure health and wellness, we need to treat the whole Self–our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual realms are intimately connected. As a result, she uniquely applies her 28 years of educational and experiential knowledge with her highly intuitive abilities to assist her clients to achieve full real-I-zation. Her abilities and talents have created a reputation of helping her clients meet their expectations of healing, as well as, learn the tools to meet her individual requirements for continued health and life long growth. As a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist and Hypnotherapist, Dr. Cheri’s specialty is working from a family systems perspective, as she explores the issue at hand by the family unit, whether working with a single individual, various family members, or, the whole family. This opens the way for the client to transition from their therapeutic learnings to successfully integrate the newfound insights and awareness to their personal lives and world.


Cheri Lyn McDonald, Ph.D. LMFT- Philosophy of Clinical Hypnotherapy, MS – Marriage and Family Therapy, and Clinical Director of A Place to Turn, Inc., has authored: Whisperings From Within-Creating and Achieving Your Ideal Self
Inside, she addresses her vast experience and tools at work—offering her readers her tools they can start applying in the comfort of their homes. Her evolving passion is her work as The Ideal Self and Empowerment Coach, where she works one on one, group and class setting teaching evolved lessons, which, guide you toward dreams and successes in life. Cheri and her husband Patrick have raised three sons and one daughter and reside in Thousand Oaks, California.
California Licensed Marriage Family Therapy #27359

Julissa Trusty, LMFT


Se habla español.

I received a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a marriage and family specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach and am a Licensed MFT (LMFT 90253). I have been practicing in the state of California since 2012. I am currently working on my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I work with children, teens, individuals, and families.

I operate from a Gestalt/Humanistic model engaging empathy and reflective listening, as a means to facilitate insight and sharing. My background in Marriage and Family Therapy helps me to guide clients through the process of therapy. I utilize an integrative approach which helps me to serve a diverse set of client needs. I have experience working in trauma utilizing cognitive behavioral interventions.

Deanna Woodhouse, IMFT

I believe each person is an unique individual and I believe in treating the whole person, mind, body, and soul. My role in your journey is to walk alongside you, and together discover how past experiences may influence current situations. Each person is the writer of their own story and their own life expert. I’m here to help you identify patterns, notice strengths, develop insight into your own thoughts and feelings, understand how others may understand you, and help you grow into the person you deserve to be. I specialize with tough issues such as domestic violence, trauma, depression, and anxiety in children, adolescents, and adults. I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
I have worked in schools as a school based counselor for the last three years and have various other experience with adolescents and children (including working with special needs children as a private behavioral consultant and as an ABA technician and supervisor).
I graduated from California State University Northridge with my B.A. In psychology with an emphasis on behavior. I received my masters from California Lutheran University with my M.S. In Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family therapy.
I use an empathetic and integrative approach to understand my clients. I use cognitive behavioral, mentalization, mindfulness, subjective theory approach, and other interventions to integrate the mind, body, and spirit into sessions.
California Marriage and Family Intern Therapist #89527

Supervisor Cheri L McDonald PhD LMFT # 27359

Patrick T. McDonald, CHT

Pat is a certified hypnotherapist, motivational speaker, and teacher. He is on a lifelong path of service with over thirty years of experience in mentoring and inspiring others. Pat’s commitment is to guide others to follow their personal paths to their highest potentials.

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