Marriage and Family Therapist
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Carlsbad,
San Diego County. I provide therapy services for individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, families and groups on
a variety of life's problems and issues. My clients range from adolescents to older adults.
I use a practical cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused approach in my work
and offer invaluable resources. I believe that changing one’s way of thinking can alter the way we behave and feel.
Sometimes we just need to make a change.
from Donna Alpner
I feel that it is essential
for a therapist to develop a strong, open, caring and collaborative relationship with their client. I also find that humor
is a key ingredient in the therapeutic alliance. It is important to me to provide the best care that I can for my clients.
I offer a mature and experienced, non-threatening, non-judgmental, compassionate, relaxed and safe environment.
My education and experience.
I completed my undergraduate work in psychology at California
State University, San Marcos, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. I went on to graduate with a Master of Arts degree
in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego (USD). My professors at USD graciously selected me as an Outstanding
I also Interned for a year at UCSD Child
and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS). I worked with many children and adolescents, in an inpatient setting, who presented
a wide range of mental health issues, including:
(attention deficit hyperacivity disorder)
- Depression, Mania
- Behavior problems
- Elimination disorder
- Reactive attachment disorder.
I know how important it is to involve the family and outside resources in
I then worked in an outpatient setting with adults (male
and female) couples and families at Mental Health Services, Inc. (MHS) in Oceanside for three years. Here I worked with clients
suffering from some of the following:
- Mood disorders including
depression and mania
- Anxiety disorders such as PTSD (post traumatic
stress disorder), phobias and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
- Personality disorders,
- Eating and sleeping disorders.
I worked with couples and families on relationship and work
issues. I was kindly nominated for MHS Employee of the Year two years in a row and I enjoy what I do.