About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. My experience in the counseling field is extensive, varied and spans over 20 years. I am passionate about the field of Psychology, about people, and relationship. For me there is nothing more important than this work, and I consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to do this work with you.

My approach is warm and empathic. My goal is to create a safe environment for you to be able to reach your goals. My methodology is Client Centered and Psychodynamic. As it may be called for, I would at times use a Solution Focused, or an Existential approach as well.

I work mainly with adults who either have reached some type of a crossroads in their life, or are experiencing a big change in their life.   There is often a loss of an important relationship or unhappiness in a relationship, or sometimes there is a general sense of unhappiness . Sometimes people find themselves questioning where they are in their lives.  Maybe they are questioning themselves, or a relationship, or their career.   Whatever you may be dealing with, we can talk about it and gain the understanding around it that you may need.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


CA LMFT 45142


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dawn Pesso. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Oct 04, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Dawn is super helpful. Very insightful and also very supportive.

Written on Jun 12, 2021 after therapy with Dawn for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dawn was my first counselor on betterhelp and I can't say enough of how wonderful it's been working with her. She has been incredibly supportive and kind throughout my journey back into therapy. Due to financial issues, I will have to take a break from betterhelp's services but I hope to work with Dawn again in the future. Thank you Dawn!

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