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Donald W. (Donny) Harris
Therapy for couples, individuals, families, and children

About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist specializing in individual, couples, family and child therapy, and maintaining a private practice in Costa Mesa, California.

With over 12 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of California State University at Long Beach specializing in LGBT and gender studies, I am currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are transgender clientele and transitioning; lesbian, gay, and bisexual clientelle, and those clients who are gender-questioning.

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, I have presented to local doctors and nurses speaking on the topic of transgender care, ethics and support.

I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.  I integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.



California State University at Long Beach, College of Education, Long Beach, CA

Master of Science in Counseling

            with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy                                             May 2004


California State University at Long Beach, College of Liberal Arts, Long Beach, CA

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

            with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology                                                          May 2000                                               


California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Sciences

Marriage & Family Therapist, License #80311                                                               May 2014


California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS

Advanced HIV Counselor                                                                                        September 1999


California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS

 Basic HIV Counselor                                                                                                   March 1999


The Center – Orange County, Santa Ana, CA

Transgender Community Health Program; Board Member                   Jan 2007 – Dec 2007

Program implementing safe, ethical and non-threatening medical resources for transgender clientele.

Long Beach Memorial Women’s Health Center, Long Beach, CA

Transgender 101 and Patient Advocacy Workshop; Creator and Instructor             July 2006

Teaching doctors and nurses how to ethically and respectfully work with transgender patients.



American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
(member since 2004)

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
(member since 2000)

World Professional Association for Transgender Health
(member since 2014)