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Anna Appenzell-McDonald

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Anna Appenzell Mc Donald, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in CA More info Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, LMFTs, are mental health professionals trained in family systems who can diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance misuse with psychotherapy and counseling.

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Hi there, I'm Anna!

My name is Tina McDonald and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I have been licensed since 1994 and have had the opportunity to work on behalf of clients with a variety of issues. I am a passionate advocate in assisting clients in meeting their goals.

My approach

My approach is to meet each client with compassion and empathy. I am experienced in various therapeutic techniques that focus on collaboration and growth.

My focus

Over the course of my career, I have worked with clients recovering from child abuse, domestic violence, drug abuse, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. I am comfortable working with clients struggling with these issues and with clients looking to make changes in their life and careers.

My communication style

I believe that a good therapist is a good listener. Giving clients the space to talk about what is happening in their life and the frustration, anxiety or habits they feel are a concern is the first step. I am also active in working side by side with the client to design new skills to decrease problems and work towards improving the quality of their life.

My journey to mental healthcare

My father was a high school counselor and he often talked to my mother about the problems his students were facing. In my early life, I had a view minor careers, aerobics instructor, substitute teacher and more. But, it was my dad's compassion for his students that eventually led me to this career. Since becoming a therapist I have never questioned my choice and find joy and purpose in this work.

My goals for you

I like to establish the goals the client hopes to achieve and examine what steps they have attempted in the past and what they feel has been helpful or not.

My first session with you

Clients will find me focused, empathic and open to their needs and expectations. In the first session, we will begin to develop the therapeutic relationship essential to meeting their goals.

About Anna

Patient testimonials

  • "She’s been a massive help to me and my spouse. She listens to everything we say and does so well at asking the right questions and getting deeper into the right issues. She also carries the continuity of our therapy from meeting to meeting very well so we keep making progress. So far the best couples therapist we’ve had!"

Specialities

  • Addiction
  • Aging
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief
  • Job Stress
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital/Pre-marital
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma and PTSD

Methods

  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Couples Therapy
  • Existential
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Grief Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Humanistic
  • Marital
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-Centered
  • Solution Focused
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused

Practice

License

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) More info Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, LMFTs, are mental health professionals trained in family systems who can diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance misuse with psychotherapy and counseling.

Accepted insurance providers

  • Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA, Blue Shield of CA, Carelon, Cigna, Decent, Kaiser Permanente (Southern Ca), MHN, Optum, and Tricare West

Languages spoken

  • English

Education

  • Master of Science (MS) - California State University, Northridge (1991)

Session Information

  • Video session
  • 60 minutes

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