About Me

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I am a private practice psychotherapist.  My areas of specialty are Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy on a foundation of Depth Psychology. I have provided services to a variety of populations including: LGBT, Trans-Gender men and women, and couples with a partner who is Trans-Gender, kink and polyamorous individuals and couples, and transgender adolescents and children. I have also worked with active duty military as well as vets who are transgender. 

In 2012 an article that I wrote was published in The Journal of Systemic Therapies. The article proposed Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) as an effective way to help couples with a member who is Trans-Gender. I have unique experience that allows me to be an ally to Trans-Gender people and their spouses, SO’s and children. This rich life experience informs my work with Trans-Gender people and their families. 

In April of 2011 I led the design team for an educational event called “Understanding TransGender Families: Insight for Educators, Therapists, Students and the Community”. This was a panel discussion event that was held at Alliant International University. I also participated in the event as a voice advocating for the families and spouses of transgender people.

I received my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in May of 2011, and I have completed course work for my PhD at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation. 

From 2011-2015 I was in practice at Personal Evolution Psychotherapy providing adherent DBT skills training by facilitating groups and being accessible for 24/7 coaching calls. Individual DBT therapy sessions were also provided. 

My practicum work (1200 hours) was done at Second Chance Program San Diego. Second Chance is a not for profit organization providing mental health services, job readiness and life skills training, job placement services and affordable housing to adults and youth from a variety of social and economic conditions. I have also provided Emotionally Focused Therapy at Alliant Couple and Family Clinic. 

For two years I have volunteered as a Cabin Big Buddy for Camp Erin San Diego. Camp Erin is a weekend camp for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Camp is provided free of charge to children ages 6-17 and is sponsored by San Diego Hospice and The Moyer Foundation. 

I am a San Diego native who grew up in a military family. In 2007 I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy specializing in Eastern Thought, with a minor in Religious Studies from California State University at Northridge.  My background in religious studies allows me to authentically align with clients from a variety of religious perspectives. I utilize mindfulness in all areas of my practice as well as in my personal life. 

I have a heart of compassion for everyone I work with. My personal philosophy is to meet my clients where they are, and to help them create and participate effectively in a life worth living. My over-arching goal in the field of psychology is to be a Therapist/Advocate for the Significant Other, family, and friends of Trans-Gender people whether actively in transition or considering it. My interest lies in the area of enrichment and empowerment for Trans-Gender people and their families. 

I am also certified to conduct “Hold Me Tight” relationship workshops for couples utilizing EFT and to conduct “Seeking Safety” an evidence based practice group therapy program for trauma and/or substance abuse. I have also conducted “Meaning of Life” group therapy for substance abuse adapted for mindfulness/meditation.  

I am an active member of SDPA/LGBT group, WPATH, ICEEFT, AAMFT, CAMFT, NCFR, SDPA/LGBTQII and the American Philosophical Association.


My info:

Donna M. Chapman

PhD Depth Psychology Pacifica Graduate Institute Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, Alliant International University

Darlene Tando, LCSW
Personal Evolution Psychotheraphy
Gender Life/Forum
TS Roadmap
Dr. Becky.com
Trans Family, Youth, Allies
San Diego LGBT Center
Second Chance Program
The Moyer Foundation

For information or to request an appointment

call: (619) 908-9908
email: icare@dmchapman.com.

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Donna Chapman MA,
Marriage and Family Therapist, #83943

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

For information or to request an appointment


(619) 908-9908



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