Marriage and Family Therapy

June 10, 2011

Comprising an important branch of psychotherapy, Marriage and Family Therapy addresses concerns associated with the dynamics created in any human relationship: couples, parents and children, blended families, or individuals in a close friendship. In addition to helping families and couples work through problems affecting their relationships, Marriage and Family Therapy helps people address personal factors that may affect their interface with others. The conditions for which the therapy provides significant support include mood disorders such as depression and Bi-polar Disorder, anxiety, personality disorders, ADHD and problems with self regulation.

Whether working with an individual, couple, or family, the focus of Marriage and Family Therapy generally revolves around relationships and their affects on individuals. A key function of the therapy consists of careful and nonjudgmental listening as well as nurturing discussions about the issues causing friction or pain.

“Some people who seek help from Marriage and Family Therapists are simply individuals who want to improve the quality of their lives and problems with relationships,” said Dino Di Donato, a San Francisco-based Marriage and Family Therapist. Dino Di Donato points out that over time some couples and families need help unraveling numerous small conflicts that can create larger, more complicated issues.
He employs such techniques inspired by Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to try and help his clients attain the skills to live a fuller more satisfying life.

Because our closest relationships affect every facet of our lives, the expertise and guidance offered by a Marriage and Family Counselor enable patients to overcome debilitating situations and move forward in a healthy manner. For more information about Dino Di Donato’s approach to Marriage and Family Therapy, please visit the website of Market Street Center for Psychotherapy at


Dino Di Donato, MFT

March 19, 2010

Dino Di Donato is owner of Market Street Center for Psychotherapy in San Francisco. Drawing on decades of experience in his field as well as a singular commitment to the well-being of his patients, Dino Di Donato works with couples and individuals on issues including mood disorders, anxiety- and stress-related problems, sexuality, and surviving abuse. Dino Di Donato specializes in the use of mindfulness in combination with somatic, existential, and cognitive behavioral therapies. In particular, Dino Di Donato supports patients in developing the skills required to use the energy generated by their emotions to live life more fully. Prior to his work with Market Street Center for Psychotherapy, Dino Di Donato garnered expertise as a Psychotherapist at North County Mental Health in San Mateo County. Dino Di Donato completed his training as a Marriage and Family Therapist at San Francisco State University and received his Master of Science in Counseling from the same institution in 2000. Dino Di Donato has studied with Carl Rogers and is expert in Gestalt therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction, among other psychotherapeutic methodologies. A Lecturer at San Francisco State since 2006, Dino Di Donato holds two additional degrees, a Master of Education in Counseling from Saint Lawrence University and a Bachelor of Arts from Marietta College. Dino Di Donato belongs to the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Psychotherapist Association (GAYLESTA). To obtain more information about Dino Di Donato and his practice, visit

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