As of Jan 26th our new address will be 2525 Camino Del Rio South, Ste 107, SD CA 92108.


More things you might like to know…

Clinical Training

I have a four pronged approach to working with people. Neuroscience is proving daily just now interconnected “attached” we are as humans and how much we truly need our secure base and safe haven with friends and loved ones in order to live a full, healthy and productive life. Attachment is the first prong of my approach and are the lenses through which I view every individual, couple, family and group. Having an outcome proven method for trauma treatment, the third prong, allows us to truly heal attachment wounds and reduce anxiety. EMDR features strong  positive outcome support, bringing us a truly powerful, evidence based practice. The third prong is coping skills. Dialectical Behavior Therapy provides fundamental skills with allow a person to manage distress, regulate emotions, and communicate effectively. All of these are interwoven with the fourth prong: mindfulness – focusing on engaging with the present as taught through the philosophy of Thick Nhat Hanh.

I am an intensively trained DBT Consultation Team member providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy/DBT, and DBT skills training to people struggling with various challenges in life including but not limited to anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, OCD, and borderline personality disorder.


EMDR Certified Practitioner completed June 2019

Scaling Up EMDR training June, 2019 with Dr. Nacho Jerero

DBT-PE DBT for Prolonged Exposure Trauma Treatment, 4-Day Training, June 2018, taught by Dr. Melanie Harned, PhD, Cork Ireland

Somatic Experiencing, March 2.3, 2018, taught by Dr. Peter Levine, PhD

New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment, February 13/14, 2017, taught by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, PhD

ISITDBT, International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT, Dec 20, 2017, taught by Various

EMDR Tool Box: AIP Methods to Treating Adult Clients with Complex PTSD and Dissociate Personality Structure, November 3-4, 2017, taught by Dr. Jim Knipe, PhD

Shhh…It’s Confidential: Confidentiality of Mental Health Under California and HIPPA Laws, October 20, 2017, taught by CAMFT Attorney David Jensen, JD

Where Pele Reigns, Jungian Sand Play Intensive, Hilo HI, July, 2017, taught by Dr. Lorainne Freedle, PhD

Gender Odyssey Conference, Professional and Family, August, 2017, taught by Various

New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment, February 13/14, 2017, taught by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, PhD

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR, Basic Training, completed May/September 2016, taught by Kurt Rouanzoin

Jungian Sand Play Intensive Training, completed May 2016, taught by Gita Morena, LMFT

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

Over 1200 client contact hours completed during practicum at Second Chance Program. Clients were diverse and included individuals, couples, families, children, and adult and juvenile ex-offenders with issues ranging from anger management to substance addiction/abuse.

Accomplishments and Affiliations

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

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

 Currently facilitating Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Groups and Consultation Team member, 3737 Camino Del Rio S. Ste 205, San Diego, CA 92123, for program information please call 619-908-9908

 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

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

• Primary designer of event and also panel participant

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 mindfulncss/mcditation, Nov. 2010


In progress: PhD, Depth Psychology with Emphasis on PsychoTherapy, Pacifica Graduate Institute – expected dissertation completion June 2017 

Master of Arts, Marital and Family Therapy – Alliant International University – May 2011

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy/Eastcrn Thought-Minor Religions Studics/Eastern Thought

– California State University, Northridge 2007

Worked as a private practice therapist with accomplished San Diego gender therapist Sue Boyd, LCSW ( at Personal Evolution Psychotherapgy working with individuals who wish to begin transition, families and couples that include transgender members (including adolescents and children), and spouses of transgender people.


Contact Me

Donna Chapman MA,
Marriage and Family Therapist, #83943

2525 Camino Del Rio South, Ste 107
San Diego, CA 92108

For information or to request an appointment


(619) 908-9908


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