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About Laura

My Journey to Therapy

I decided to become a therapist to fulfill a lifelong mission to facilitate healing and wholeness in the world, for individuals, and in families and communities. Throughout my professional journey, whether as a career and life coach, social worker in the child welfare field, nonprofit program manager, or volunteer in the community, I have always been drawn to helping people navigate difficult times, heal from traumatic experiences, and grow into their full potential.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with an MSW degree from UCLA. I am also trained in Mindfulness-Based Eco-Therapy, Trauma Treatment, and Internal Family Systems Therapy.

My Approach to Therapy

My approach to therapy varies based on the needs and preferences of each client. I most frequently use somatic and mindfulness-based approaches, as well as incorporating connection with the natural world, as I believe that integrating all parts of a person — mind, body, and spirit — is the most effective way to nurture healing and growth.

My style is a good fit for mid-career adults who may be dealing with changing family or relationship dynamics at home while also struggling with workplace stressors or a career that feels like it’s not what they signed up for. This often leads to feelings of anxiety, depression, toxic stress, powerlessness, and even hopelessness. I work to help my clients identify belief systems and patterns that keep them stuck, develop more holistic coping strategies, and build on personal strengths to chart a new path forward.

My communication style is calm, approachable, and empathetic. I frequently receive feedback that I am easy to talk to about anything, that people appreciate my ability to listen deeply and without judgment, and that my strengths-focused approach leaves people feeling more positive and empowered.

What to Expect with Therapy

The first session is about us building an initial connection and helping me get a sense of where we should go from there. You can expect me to listen to what brought you to therapy and how you’ve been feeling recently. I will ask questions to better understand your situation and goals and make space for you to ask me questions about the therapy process and what to expect moving forward.

My approach to goal-setting with you starts with building trust, helping you to clarify your vision for change, and co-creating goals that support what you want to accomplish in our time together. I may offer more structured goal-setting and accountability depending on your preferred style and desired outcomes of therapy.