Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT

Psychotherapist located in Westlake Village, CA

About Dr. Cheri

Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT, is a licensed therapist and founder of A Place to Turn, Inc., serving patients in and around Westlake Village, California. At her practice, Dr. McDonald interweaves her psychotherapy training and intuitive coaching skills to help her clients overcome their trauma. 

She received her Bachelor of Science in family sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 1983. Dr. McDonald continued her education at California Lutheran University where she obtained her Master of Science in marriage and family therapy in 1987. She then received her doctoral degree in philosophy of clinical hypnotherapy at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, in 2007.

Dr. McDonald is the creator of DrCheriBreakFree™, a holistic approach used to guide individuals, couples, and families through the shadows of trauma. Through this approach, Dr. McDonald ensures clients have the tools, insight, and wisdom needed to break free and embrace life-altering healing.

She also created Empowered Entrepreneur VIP, a life coaching program aimed to help entrepreneurs find success after being sidelined by their emotional blocks and unresolved trauma. 

For over 30 years, Dr. McDonald has empowered clients to become the best versions of themselves. She has helped thousands of individuals unbury from the avalanche of complex PTSD to find healing and sustainable recovery. Dr. McDonald loves people and helping their dreams come true. 

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Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT, is a licensed therapist and founder of A Place to Turn, Inc., serving patients in and around Westlake Village, California. At her practice, Dr. McDonald interweaves her psychotherapy training and intuitive coaching skills to help her clients overcome their trauma. 

She received her Bachelor of Science in family sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 1983. Dr. McDonald continued her education at California Lutheran University where she obtained her Master of Science in marriage and family therapy in 1987. She then received her doctoral degree in philosophy of clinical hypnotherapy at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, in 2007.

Dr. McDonald is the creator of DrCheriBreakFree™, a holistic approach used to guide individuals, couples, and families through the shadows of trauma. Through this approach, Dr. McDonald ensures clients have the tools, insight, and wisdom needed to break free and embrace life-altering healing.

She also created Empowered Entrepreneur VIP, a life coaching program aimed to help entrepreneurs find success after being sidelined by their emotional blocks and unresolved trauma. 

For over 30 years, Dr. McDonald has empowered clients to become the best versions of themselves. She has helped thousands of individuals unbury from the avalanche of complex PTSD to find healing and sustainable recovery. Dr. McDonald loves people and helping their dreams come true. 


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