Meet Mary

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Mary specializes in relationships – the ones between you and the world, you and others, you and yourself, and even the one between you and her.

Mary is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #126841). She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and English. She then earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California, where she also completed a Clinical Fellowship.

At New Opportunities Organization (NOO), Mary worked with those navigating the transition out of prison and other system-impacted clients. This position challenged her to advocate for clients across several systems, while recognizing the complex trauma these systems reinforce. Later as a Clinical Fellow at USC Counseling and Mental Health, Mary gained extensive experience with crisis work and suicide prevention, and she especially enjoyed supporting students with their identity, relationships, anxiety, and life transitions. Since joining private practice last year, Mary continues to invest in the South Bay community through client advocacy and speaking engagements.

Mary offers in-person and online therapy to Teens, Adults, Romantic Partnerships, and Families, who are navigating…

  • Relationships – building meaningful connections & healing from hurt
  • Family – communicating needs and boundaries between roles and across generations
  • Sense of Self – unpacking who you are, who you’ve been, and what you value
  • Trauma – building safety in your mind and body to process at your own pace
  • Anger – understanding its function and managing its impact
  • Suicidal Thoughts – learning to self-soothe and keep yourself safe
  • Substances – looking closer at their role in your past and present

Mary specializes in relationships – the ones between you and the world, you and others, you and yourself, and even the one between you and her. Research has shown that the best predictor of positive outcomes in therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. With this at the center of your work, her hope is for you to feel safe, supported, and understood.

Using Attachment-Based, Person-Centered, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral frameworks, Mary integrates interventions to meet your unique needs. She also uses a multicultural lens; this means she attends to cultural and systemic factors, such as race, gender, class, size, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and contexts of power, oppression, and privilege. With a collaborative and authentic approach, she’ll both challenge you and honor your pace. She’s not a fixer, but she will draw from evidence-based and trauma-informed care to help you help yourself.

Outside the office, you might find Mary… playing board games, Facetiming her sisters, thrifting for furniture she doesn’t have the space for, procrastinating laundry, playing soccer, becoming more like her mother, and asking to pet someone’s dog.

Call to schedule your free consultation today (424) 277-1777.

Mary Donaldson, MA, AMFT

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
(AMFT #126841)

Schedule your free 15 minute consultation today.

In this fifteen minute consultation you’ll have an opportunity to tell your story and share your struggles. Together we’ll identify what you really need and want and determine the best course of action for you.