Dori McDonnell

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About Me

Welcome to Therapy online! My name is Dori McDonnell. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Congratulations for reaching out for help; It can sometimes be a difficult thing to do!

I earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco and subsequently received my license from the BBSE to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California in 2007.

Since then, I have worked with Families, Couples, Individuals, Teenagers and Children. My work has been intentionally focused on restoring and healing people’s lives that have been fractured and perhaps have lost their sense of well being and happiness.

I work with people suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addictions. Those with Self Esteem Issues, Phase of Life Changes, Interpersonal Relationship Issues, Marriage Problems, Blended Family Issues, Grief And Loss and Communication Skills.

I incorporate a variety of therapeutic modalities to achieve my goal of, “how to best support my client”. Some of which are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Interpersonal Therapy; DBT or Mindfulness; Person Centered Therapy; Family Systems and EFT.

I am an interactive therapist, which means, that I listen
to you intently, but I will also be wanting you to interact with me. In other words, I won’t be just sitting and nodding, or have a one-way conversation, we will be talking back and forth.

Healthy communication is just as important between therapist and client as it is with other life connections, whether they be personal or business. The absence of healthy communication can pose a major threat to any relationship, which can leads to a myriad of other consequences and problems. Therefore, developing good communication skills will be a primary focus of our therapy.

Dori McDonnell, LMFT


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

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #44434 (Expires: 2023-01-31)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dori McDonnell. 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 by T.H. on Sep 02, 2020 after therapy with Dori for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Dori is a bright and sensitive counselor with a lot of fire power. She really intends to help me define and get the changes I want to make.

Written by J.E. on Aug 30, 2020 after therapy with Dori for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

My first session was very helpful and I felt much better afterwards.

Written by S.M. on Aug 17, 2020 after therapy with Dori for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem

Added value after first meeting and continues to help every time we chat.

Written by M.I. on Aug 12, 2020 after therapy with Dori for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

As my first experience with therapy, I found Dori being very helpful and open. She made me feel comfortable and I enjoyed talking with her.