Welcome to
Alternative Place to Turn

A sanctuary, rooted in holistic well-being, providing a unique space for healing, growth, and self-discovery. Serving individuals in and around Westlake Village, and Joshua Tree, California.

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About Us

Alternative Holistic Care for Trauma, Mental Health, Couple and Family Conflicts

At Alternative Place to Turn, our skilled team specializes in a range of cutting-edge therapies to address trauma, mental health disorders, couple and family conflicts. Our offerings include ketamine assisted therapy facilitation, red light panel, group coaching classes, retreats, and hypnosis.

From anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we utilize holistic perspective for all services from EMDR to alternative treatments like hypnosis, to provide transformative healing.

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From anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we utilize holistic talk therapies and innovative treatments like eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR).

  • > Anxiety & Depression
  • > Art Therapy
  • > Diversity Therapy - people of color, gender
  • > Domestic Abuse & Family Violence
  • > Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • > Gottman Techniques
  • > Grief & Loss
  • > Hypnotherapy
  • > Marriage or Couples Therapy
  • > Neurofeedback Therapy
  • > Post Traumatic Disorder and Complex PTSD
  • > sex Therapy
Introducing Cheri McDonald

Meet Dr. Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT, PATP

Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT, PATP, is the esteemed founder and Clinical Director of A Place to Turn, serving patients in Westlake Village, Pasadena, and Los Angeles, California. With over 35 years of experience in psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and intuitive coaching, Dr. Cheri has established herself as a leading trauma expert. Her compassionate approach helps clients overcome the complexities of losses and challenges that hinder their path to life wholeness and happiness.

Education and Credentials

Dr. Cheri earned her Bachelor of Science in family sciences from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 1983. Continuing her educational journey, she obtained her Master of Science in marriage and family therapy from California Lutheran University in 1987. In 2007, she earned her doctoral degree in philosophy of clinical hypnotherapy from Pacific University, with studies conducted in Culver City, CA, and Hawaii.

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We Care About You and How You’re Really Doing

From anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we utilize holistic methods and innovative treatments like eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR).


Transform Yourself

Learn how you can become a master of your own life and unleash your own true potential with our exclusive mastery coaching DrCheriBreakFree™ program by Dr. Cheri McDonald PhD LMFT

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Cheri and her team are excellent. I recommend A Place 2 Turn to anyone who is in need of mental health, life coaching or just plain support

Peter E.

After spending time with Dr. Cheri, my perspective related to my personal life dramas has moved from a place of self-destruction to a point where I have been able to deal with them in a mentally healthy way. She has made all the difference in my life.

David Lynch

Dr. Cheri and her team at A Place to Turn do excellent and important work. She's also an accomplished author and her staff offers compassion and guidance in a safe environment.

Dan Kahn

Dr. Cheri runs a cutting edge practice, while delivering warmth and a healing journey. Her team is dedicated to community wellness.

Diane Knudsen

The nicest people offering a wide range of treatments and services to help those in need. From first contact, they are friendly and supportive and eager to determining the appropriate care.

Mark Knudsen

This is an amazing place- very caring staff, extremely professional. The pandemic and a family of five squeezed together doing work and virtual schooling caused lots of fighting, and we got the help we needed here. Can’t recommend enough!

Rachel Spalding

Friendly and relaxing environment. My experience with my counselor was exactly what I needed right now. I would recommend her to anyone!

Sheri Plowman

Dr. Cheri and her team are incredibly knowledgeable and are always looking for more ways they can help others.

Kyle Kenworthy

Dr  McDonald has helped me through some difficult times and I have a better life because of it.

Chuck Dollison

Cheri is an amazing therapist, she is dedicated and truly cares for her clients

Garrit Jacobson

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Let’s Work Together to Change Your Life!

Choose Alternative Place to Turn for a pathway to a brighter future. Experience the profound impact of our specialized approach and embark on a journey of healing and sustainable change. Contact us today and start transforming your life.