We are caring, compassionate, therapists ready to help you toward wholeness through mindfulness, acceptance and change.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in San Diego, CA

Emotionally Focused Therapy

EFT helps couples improve their relationship by focusing on emotions and understanding each other’s needs, leading to better communication and closeness.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

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Depth Psychology

Depth Psychology refers to approaches to therapy that are open to the exploration of the subtle, unconscious, and transpersonal aspects of human experience.

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Sandplay Therapy

Sandplay is hands-on psychological work. It is a powerful therapeutic technique that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing in a “free and protected” space.

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EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy helps individuals process traumatic experiences and reduce their negative impact through bilateral stimulation such as eye movements.

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Hello!

I’m Dr. Donna M. Chapman, Ph.D., LMFT.

Counseling with us is informed by Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Depth Psychology, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We will create a safe, non-judgmental space from which to begin the process of healing.

We enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan who have concerns in the areas of substance abuse, anxiety, depression, borderline issues, relationships, and trauma. We also enjoy working with the LGBT community, specifically with transgender people and their families. Our rich life experience (fancy language for being “older”) has given us a unique position with respect to transgender people, allowing us to truly align with families who have transgender members and to be allies with individuals as they begin the amazing and challenging process of transition. For the past four years, we have been working with transgender adults, adolescents, and children, as well as their partners and families, assisting in the transition process and helping families adjust.

Our practice is kink and polyamory-friendly. Since July of 2018, I have been a participant in Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity (GSRD) Forum, a consortium of like minded therapists to support varied relationship presentations: kink, polyamorous, LGBTQ+.

Dr. Chapman was awarded a Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate University in November 2021 with her dissertation titled An Exploration of the Lived Experience of CIS Women with Transgender Partners. Dr. Chapman’s Master’s Degree is from Alliant International University.

Currently available services include Emotionally Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) individual skills training, as well as skills training groups and depth exploration, including dream work and Sandplay Therapy. Under development are supportive groups for partners, friends, and lovers of transgender people.

Our office is conveniently located in the heart of Mission Valley at 2525 Camino Del Rio South, Ste. 107, San Diego, CA 92108. To see our location or ways to get in touch, please visit our Contact page.

To learn more about Dr. Chapman, please visit our About page. To learn more about the Donna M. Chapman Psychotherapy Team, please visit Our Team page.

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Substance abuse, relationships and trauma

We will create a safe, non-judgmental space from which to begin the process of healing. We enjoy working with individuals, couples and families across the lifespan who have concerns in the areas of substance abuse, anxiety, depression, borderline issues, relationships and trauma.

Transgender people and LGBT community

Our life experience has given us a unique position with respect to transgender people that allows us to truly align with families who have members who are transgender and to be an ally with individuals as they begin the amazing and challenging process of transition.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy

As Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, we focus on improving relationships and resolving conflicts within couples and families. We address various issues by considering the dynamics and interactions between family members to promote positive change and overall well-being.

“Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present and by each crime and every kindness we birth our future.”

– Cloud Atlas

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For information or to request an appointment, please call or email:

(619) 908-9908

icare@dmchapman.com

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