Cheri L McDonald, PhD, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village
To put it simply, I love people. I work from a direct approach so my Ideal client includes those who are willing to do the work by activiely participating in their personal growth as we combat the current challenges they may face. I believe in the mantra, "Two minds are greater than one." As a result, advocate innovative ways, tools and modalities together in gaining the necessary insight and increase awareness for change for health, well-being and happiness.
As a psychotherapist for the past 27 years I have continually pursued my education and learning to ensure I have the tools to adddress individuals and families of all shape, sizes and ages, which eventually prompted the founding of A Place To Turn in 2000.
My thirty years of practice has afforded me the opportunity to acquire a wealth of wisdom to implementing tools suited for each individual, relationship and familys' needs. I work in a proactive way encouraging personal growth, positive change and paving ways toward taking action with the "ICAN" attitude.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Cheri L McDonald now - (818) 305-6249


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: American Pacific University
  • Year Graduated: 2007
  • License No. and State: 27359 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $120 - $220
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • APS Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Blue Cross
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • First Health
  • Great-West Life
  • Holman Group
  • Humana
  • Integrated Health Plan
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • PacifiCare
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • ValueOptions
  • WellPoint
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Cheri L McDonald's Groups

Men's Group

Support Group for Men seeking to build their communication skills, identify their strength of character and build confidence in achieving desired success. Subjects addressed include anger management, self assertiviness, conflict resolution and personal growth.

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Social Skills/Bully & Shame Shedding

This group offers a safe place to build the confidence to maintain a sense of Self during the stage of life where one advances from being a child to a teen. Issue to be addressed include self assertiveness skills,confidence building exercises, shedding unwarranted shame, and communication tools.

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Women's Group

This group offers a safe community to explore the Ideal Self through gaining greater awareness and personal insight where confidence can flourish to building relationships, discovering hidden talents and gifts, and creating a sense of purpose. The ultimate goal is to gain a greater appreciation for your Self and in turn for others.

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  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Parenting


  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Spirituality

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino and Native American


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Aviation Professionals
  • Cancer
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family


  • Video Counseling
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2016
Cheri L McDonald, PhD, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village

Cheri L McDonald

Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT