Donna Alpner, LMFT


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Donna Alpner, M.A., LMFT

MFC 42828

Marriage and Family Therapist

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Carlsbad, San Diego County. I provide therapy services for individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, families and groups on a variety of life's problems and issues. My clients range from adolescents to older adults.

I use a practical cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused approach in my work and offer invaluable resources. I believe that changing one’s way of thinking can alter the way we behave and feel. Sometimes we just need to make a change.

A message from Donna Alpner

I feel that it is essential for a therapist to develop a strong, open, caring and collaborative relationship with their client. I also find that humor is a key ingredient in the therapeutic alliance. It is important to me to provide the best care that I can for my clients. I offer a mature and experienced, non-threatening, non-judgmental, compassionate, relaxed and safe environment.

My education and experience.

I completed my undergraduate work in psychology at California State University, San Marcos, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. I went on to graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego (USD). My professors at USD graciously selected me as an Outstanding Student.

I also Interned for a year at UCSD Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS). I worked with many children and adolescents, in an inpatient setting, who presented a wide range of mental health issues, including:

  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperacivity disorder)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression, Mania 
  • Addiction
  • Psychosis
  • Personality disorder 
  • Behavior problems 
  • Elimination disorder
  • Autism  
  • Reactive attachment disorder. 

I know how important it is to involve the family and outside resources in treatment.

I then worked in an outpatient setting with adults (male and female) couples and families at Mental Health Services, Inc. (MHS) in Oceanside for three years. Here I worked with clients suffering from some of the following:

  • Mood disorders including depression and mania
  • Anxiety disorders such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), phobias and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
  • Addictions
  • Psychosis   
  • Personality disorders,
  • Eating and sleeping disorders.

I worked with couples and families on relationship and work issues. I was kindly nominated for MHS Employee of the Year two years in a row and I enjoy what I do.

Call my Carlsbad office at (760) 729-7760