Molly McDonald, PhD

Molly McDonald, PhD

Staff Psychologist | Licensed Clinical Psychologist #28497

Dr. McDonald is a licensed psychologist and certified, trauma-informed yoga teacher. Her academic and professional career has centered around the study and treatment of traumatic experiences. Specifically, Dr. McDonald specializes in complex trauma– experiences of repeated and prolonged abuse, neglect, and/or invalidation in childhood and the impacts these experiences carry into adulthood. She strives to support adult trauma survivors in cultivating compassion for their responses to trauma, building upon existing strengths and resources, and developing a sense of feeling safe in one’s emotional responses and confident in one’s capacity to live a meaningful life. She integrates a number of treatment approaches in her work, including somatic interventions to support lasting, holistic change. She has a deep appreciation for the inherent resilience and inner wisdom of the human spirit, holding each of her clients in the highest regard. Hailing from Chicago,  IL, her Midwestern roots are reflected in her warmth, authenticity, and love for laughter.

  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, University of Montana
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, DePaul University

  • Staff Psychologist, Counseling & Psychological Services UCSB
  • Co-founder, fig! Wellness Consulting
  • Adjunct Professor, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Adjunct Professor, Antioch University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Counseling & Psychological Services UCSB
  • Predoctoral Intern, Counseling & Psychological Services UCSB

Areas of Interest:
Complex trauma; Interpersonal violence (e.g., sexual assault, dating/domestic violence; stalking); Medical trauma; Religious trauma; Somatic approaches to trauma treatment, including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy; Anxiety; Depression; Interpersonal Conflict; Identity and Diversity; Work and organizational challenges; Life transitions; Yoga for mental health and emotional balance; Single Session Intervention; Triage and crisis response; Self-compassion; DBT; Mindfulness; College student population; Marginalized/underrepresented populations