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About A Place To Turn, Inc

About Practice

Welcome to A Place to Turn: Premier Mental Health Center in Westlake Village, Pasadena, and Los Angeles, California

Discover the pinnacle of health and wellness services at A Place to Turn, serving individuals in and around Westlake Village, Pasadena, and Los Angeles, California. Unlike typical private practices, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive and curated care tailored to each client's unique goals. Our dedicated Care Team excels at matching clients with providers who align perfectly with their needs, ensuring a personalized and optimal fit.


Specialized Therapies for Trauma, Mental Health, and Family Conflicts

At A Place to Turn, our skilled team specializes in a range of cutting-edge therapies to address trauma, mental health disorders, and family conflicts. Our offerings include our own creation holistic integral therapy (HIT), psychedelic-assisted therapy (ketamine), hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and marriage and family counseling. From anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we utilize holistic talk therapies and innovative treatments like eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) to provide transformative healing.


Holistic Approaches to Relaxation and Balance

Experience deep relaxation and restore harmony to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being at A Place to Turn. Our on-site Reiki energy work, healing Trauma Yoga, and Mindfulness groups offer profound rejuvenation and balance. These practices nurture your inner self, promoting holistic healing and fostering a renewed sense of tranquility.

Life Coaching: Unleashing Your Potential

Our Life Coaching services empower clients to set realistic goals, gain clarity, and boost self-confidence. With the support and guidance of our skilled professionals, you can unleash your true potential, paving the way for a fulfilling and purpose-driven future.


Compassionate Care to Make Your Dreams Come True

At A Place to Turn, our team is driven by a genuine love for people and a desire to help them achieve their dreams. Through our comprehensive range of services and compassionate approach to care, we strive to create happily-ever-after lives for those seeking positive change.

Choose A Place to Turn for unrivaled mental health and wellness services in Westlake Village, Pasadena, and Los Angeles. Experience the transformative power of our specialized therapies, holistic practices, and dedicated professionals. Begin your journey towards a brighter future today.


Introducing Cheri McDonald PhD, LMFT: Expert Trauma Therapist and Holistic Integration Specialist

Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT, is the esteemed founder and Clinical Director of A Place to Turn, serving patients in Westlake Village, Pasadena, and Los Angeles, California. With over 35 years of experience in psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and intuitive coaching, Dr. Cheri has established herself as a leading trauma expert. Her compassionate approach helps clients overcome the complexities of losses and challenges that hinder their path to life wholeness and happiness.


Education and Credentials

Dr. Cheri earned her Bachelor of Science in family sciences from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 1983. Continuing her educational journey, she obtained her Master of Science in marriage and family therapy from California Lutheran University in 1987. In 2007, she earned her doctoral degree in philosophy of clinical hypnotherapy from Pacific University, with studies conducted in Culver City, CA, and Hawaii.


Holistic Integral Therapy (HIT)

As the creator of Holistic Integral Therapy (HIT), Dr. Cheri guides clients toward integrating their inner healing intelligence and engaging their mind, body, and spirit for complete evolution and true wholeness. Her expertise enables clients to navigate the shadows of trauma, arming them with essential tools, insight, and wisdom to break free and embrace life-altering healing.


DrCheriBreakFree™ Consulting Program

Dr. Cheri also developed the DrCheriBreakFree™ consulting program, designed to support individuals in carrying their life-altering changes into their family and community. This program ensures success and continued integration work following the resolution of unresolved trauma, fostering sustained healing and growth.


Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Certification

Continuously expanding her range of expertise, Dr. Cheri recently obtained certification in Psychedelic-assisted therapy. This integration of various specialties, including hypnotherapy, EMDR, energy work, trauma-informed yoga, and IFS, allows her to expedite and amplify the healing journey for her clients. Through her empowering approach, Dr. Cheri has guided countless individuals in unburying themselves from the avalanche of complex PTSD, facilitating healing and sustainable recovery.


Unleashing Dreams and Empowering Lives

Cheri McDonald's unwavering passion lies in helping people and making their dreams come true. With her vast toolkit of therapeutic modalities, she has empowered individuals to become the best versions of themselves. Thousands have found healing and transformative recovery under her expert guidance. Dr. Cheri's dedication to her clients' well-being and her commitment to their dreams are unwavering.


Choose Cheri McDonald for expert trauma therapy, holistic integration, executive coaching and a pathway to a brighter future. Experience the profound impact of her specialized approach and embark on a journey of healing and sustainable change. Contact Dr. Cheri today and start transforming your life.


Words from our patients

  • Cheri has been such a blessing in my life and with the way she has helped me I can't believe she doesn't have a million 5 star reviews.

  • I really appreciated our EMDR sessions and I felt that Dr. Cheri really heard my story and helped me through some very difficult negative memories.

  • Cheri and her team are excellent. I recommend A Place 2 Turn to anyone who is in need of mental health, life coaching or just plain support.

  • Finding a good therapist is far more difficult than finding a good medical doctor. I found two great ones at A Place To Turn — Kristen and Cheri.

  • Cheri McDonald has been a huge asset to my recovery from my PTSD my family was broken by a local government $75 million lawsuit that cost us everything in my rebuilding

  • my PTSD from the military time she has been able to identify issues that I was completely unaware of from my past and allowed me the ability to heal

  • through understanding the biological aspects of how my brain address is the trauma of having an alcoholic mother.

  • She gives me an opportunity to express the challenges and the pains they deal with on a weekly basis to keep my healing moving forward on my PTSD and my trauma

  • I don’t know where I would be without her assistance & her guidance to this point I have recovered very nicely primarily because of her help and understanding