Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

Private Practice: Donna M Chapman Psychotherapy – September 2015

I am working with individuals, couples and families who have challenges in substance abuse, anxiety, depression, borderline personality issues and relationship problems. I also enjoy working with the LGBT community, specifically with Transgender people and their families. My rich life experience (fancy language for I’m older) allows me to truly align with partners and families that have members who are transgender and to be an ally with transgender individuals as they transition. . I meet my clients where they are, and help them create and participate effectively in a life worth living.

I provide services to a variety of populations: LGBT and straight, Vets, Active Duty Military, Transgender men and women, families and couples with a member who is Transgender.

Featured Services

Transgender transition support, all areas

LGBT, Kink and Polyamorous friendly.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT plus ongoing skills training group Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT for couples/individuals.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR, trauma treatment Jungian Sand Play therapy for adults and children.

Jungian Sand Play Therapy

Vet’s Choice in network provider

Anthem EAP provider

Community Collaboration: Darlene Tando Therapy – October 2015
Collaboration for family support for those with transgender children and adolescents.

Personal Evolution Psychotherapy, November 2011-September 2015
In private practice internship with Sue Boyd a premier provider of services to Transgender people and their families in San Diego. Personal Evolution Psychotherapy works with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and other members of the LGBTQQI community. The practice also offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy for people with borderline personality disorder, people who have self-injurious behaviors, low impulse control, emotional lability or dysregulation (i.e. intense mood swings), eating disorders or eating disorder behavior, PTSD, severe anxiety disorders including OCD and panic attacks, or frequent suicidal ideation. DBT also assists people who are having difficulty relating to and communicating with other people effectively. Will be certified in gender therapy and DBT during internship.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Basic Training – Completed September 2016

Jungian Sand Play therapy intensive training – Completed May 2016

Dialectical Behavior Therapy 10-Day Intensive Training, March/June 2015, taught by Dr. Charles Swenson, MD

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy Training, EFFT – November 2014, taught by Lisa Palmer Olsen, PsyD and staff

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Advanced Training, DBT Strategies in Action: Changing Behavior, Accepting Reality & Resolving Conflict – September 2014, taught by Dr. Charles Swenson, MD

Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT Skills Training – November 2012

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT Skills Training – June 2012, taught by Josh Smith, LMSW, BCD

Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT Core Skills Training – Completed 2014, taught Dr. Mark Kaupp, PsyD and staff, year long course

Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT, Externship, taught by Sue Johnson, Ed, 4 day course, completed January 2011

Second Chance – Practicum Site – June 2010 – November 2011

A “client centered” facility providing housing, social, mental health, employment services, and job readiness training to anyone in need. In addition, the primary population served are ex-offenders both male and female seeking to rebuild their lives after some period of incarceration in prison or jail.

Alliant Couple and Family Clinic, San Diego, CA (2011-Present) Secondary practicum site allowing me to bring my own clients, collect additional remaining relational hours and to continue EFT core skills training.


My goal is to continue to create and participate in dynamic learning opportunities in order to enhance my education and continue my skills development in Emotionally Focused Therapy, (EFT), Logo-therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, (DBT), Jungian Sand Play, and EMDR that utilizes my strong foundational skills as an accomplished LMFT with outstanding clinical skills and a strong sense of the relevance of technology in the modern therapeutic milieu. Particular emphasis is on service to broad and diverse populations, including transgender people and their families, LGBTQQI, veterans and active duty military people and their families and those with substance abuse issues. I am interested in how concepts of attachment, engagement, mindfulness, nihility and non- attachment influence trauma and it’s treatment and could be utilized in a therapeutic setting.

I am currently PhD(c) in Depth Psychology with emphasis in psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute and expect to complete my dissertation in 2017. Depth work provides a rich infrastructure within the context of my work in Jungian Sand play, EMDR, DBT and EFT.

I came home to San Diego specifically to pursue extended education, MA/MFT. I received my License in November of 2014 and am now active in a private practice that permits me to serve people throughout the lifespan as well as the transgender population with specific focus on advocacy for families that include transgender partners and children along with the populations mentioned above. My passion is to tend these relationships and advocate for the family as a whole. My undergraduate minor, Religious Studies/Eastern Thought, allows me to authentically align with clients from a variety of spiritual perspectives. My specific focus with Transgender people and families is the process of “becoming” – of actualizing the potential within.

My long-term goal is to expand the MFT field’s view of what a family is to include families that contain transgender partners and children by means of publishing articles and engaging in research to prove the efficacy of Emotionally Focused Therapy as a treatment methodology with this population.

In November of 2011 I completed practicum at Second Chance San Diego – a very

successful job readiness program that provides mental health services for live to its graduates. The primary population of this program are ex-offenders of drug related or violent crime. For this population I have utilized EFT with all of the relational clients that I have had the privilege to work with and have conducted individual therapy through attachment lenses. I utilize interventions from CBCT, CBFT, DBT, EFFT and Narrative theories. Reference letters will be provided on request.

Core Competencies

Respect and Compassion | Coachable | Perceptive Skills | Organization | Spontaneity | Attention to Detail | Accountable | Exceptional Evaluation Skills | Client Advocacy Passion for Field, Clients and Model | Effective Across Diverse Client Populations | Dedicated to Meeting Clients Where They Are and Speaking Their Language

Accomplishments and Affiliations

December 2016 Presentation – about contextual variables in work with couples with a trans identified partner San Diego State University, San Diego, California

October/November 2016 Presentations about working with transgender people and with couples with a trans identified partner at Alliant International University, San Diego, California

August 2016 Presentation offering “trans 101” via phone/skype at Regis University Denver

2016 Presentations about contextual variables in work with transgender people and with couples with a trans identified partner at Alliant International University, San Diego; San Diego State University, San Diego; and Regis University Denver

Certification Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR – in progress

Jungian Sand Play therapy supervision and training in progress

Certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy – in progress, Listed on ICEEFT website as EFT competent. 2014

Conducted Hold Me Tight workshop with emphasis on same sex and transgender couples. 2014

Published: Chapman, D. M., & Caldwell, B. E. Attachment injury resolution in couples when one partner is trans-identified. Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2012, pp. 36–53

Understanding TransGender Families: Insight for Educators, Therapists, Students and the Community

o A panel discussion event held at Alliant International University on April 29, 2011

o Primary designer of event and also panel participant o Next event in planning stages target: 2012

Certified to conduct “Seeking Safety” Evidence Based Practice group therapy program for trauma and/or substance abuse

Certified to conduct “Hold Me Tight” relationship workshops utilizing EFT Conducted “Meaning of Life” group therapy for substance abuse adapted for

mindfulness/meditation, Nov. 2010



September 2013- : PhD, Depth Psychology with emphasis on PsychoTherapy, Pacifica Graduate Institute

– Dissertation in progress, expected completion June 2017 November 2014 – California Board of Behavioral Sciences – MFT License 83943,

September 2009-June 2011 – Master of Arts, Marital and Family Therapy – Alliant International University – May 2011

September 2004 – June 2007 – Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy/Eastern Thought- Minor Religions Studies/Eastern Thought

California State University, Northridge, 2007



Contact Me

Donna Chapman MA,
Marriage and Family Therapist, #83943

2835 Camino Del Rio South, Ste 120
San Diego, CA 92108

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(619) 908-9908


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