Dr. Laura Thoreson

Psychologist

About me

Thank you for taking the time to review my profile! I am honored to be a part of the BetterHelp therapist site. There are many talented therapists to choose from and this decision is an important one. Hopefully the information provided below will help your decision making process.

I earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and a masters in theology. My education and clinical experiences have introduced me to a crucial question: what does it mean to be human? Being human incorporates emotions, behaviors, thoughts, spirituality, relationships, and physical health. It is impossible to divorce these aspects of humanity from each other, although at times it may appear desirable to do so. Growing in understanding of how these pieces of humanity interact and impact each other is important in improving: stress management, communication and interaction with loved ones, pain management, adjusting to life changes, grieving, identity development, and personal growth.

The training and professional experience I have received focuses in 3 areas: health and clinical psychology, and spirituality. Health: chronic pain, insomnia, hypersomnia, fatigue, weight loss, medication/ treatment compliance, and cancer diagnosis/treatment. Clinical: depression, anxiety, grief/loss, change/transition, stress management, marital/couples concerns, identity changes, and body image concerns. Spirituality: understanding the role of suffering, seeking renewal in spiritual journey, desiring spiritual community, pursuing an intimate spiritual relationship, healing from spiritual community wounds, and spiritual practices/disciplines.

I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and come alongside you in your pursuit of support, growth, and transformation!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Cancer , Commitment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Years of Experience: 11

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

CA Psychologist 26374


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Laura Thoreson. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Jan 07, 2023 after therapy with Laura for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief

After just a few sessions, Dr Thoreson helped me with some issues that had been bothering me for a long time. She listened so closely to me and gave me concrete coping strategies that really worked. I'm so grateful to have found her.

Written on Jan 06, 2023 after therapy with Laura for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Dr. Laura is a caring, insightful professional with an expertise for making her clients feel listened to. She helped me through some very challenging years of my life, gently leading me to find resolve through techniques for managing anxiety, and a wise guidance. The best!

Written on Nov 28, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and coaching

Sometimes all you need is someone to hear you and Dr. Thoreson is amazing at that. She gave me the visualization technique that i applied during the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family and it was great to have that in hand.

Written on Oct 03, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, and career difficulties

Dr Thoreson is teaching me to embody and embrace being a whole person, a "phenomenal woman." The chronic pain, other people and their pathologies, don't determine who I am. And Dr. Thoreson's resourcefulness, inteligence, and genreosity of spirit are guiding me to the truth about who I am, all of my attributes and all of my strengths, while I face the world, the grief, and life. I've always been afraid to have the life that I want, to tell myself when I get "there" I can have it, and Dr Thoreson is teaching me that I can embrace life right now, that I can be myself, live for myself right now. She's a tremendous gift to my healing and my living.

Written on Sep 30, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

The Best!

Written on Sep 24, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Most helpful therapist, counselor, advisor, ...I've ever had

Written on Jul 11, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 1 month on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dr. Thoreson has made starting therapy an easy experience. She listens and provides support, compassionate perspectives, and helpful suggestions to help address tough situations and behaviors I want to change.

Written on Jun 30, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Dr. Thoreson is an amazing, experienced doctor who has helped me work through a lot. I really appreciate that she takes the time to explain the cognitive reasons why our brain does certain things, as it helps me have a better understanding of myself. She is patient and kind and I have never felt shy or nervous when talking to her.

Written on Jun 06, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coaching

Thank you Dr. Thoreson. I greatly appreciate you.

Written on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I’m learning more and more about myself. Dr. Thoreson offers many suggestions and is always supportive. I’ve never met a therapist like her before. Thank you BetterHelp for this service.

Written on May 14, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Dr. Thoreson has changed my life and motivated me to become a better person. I couldn’t recommend her services enough.

Written on Apr 29, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Dr. Thoreson has consistently checked up on me whenever I have missed an appointment or even in between appointments when some weeks go by. I enjoy our sessions together as she straight talks me clarifying the positive or negative traits that I reveal. I would recommend her to anyone who needs a therapist.

Written on Apr 09, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Dr. Thoreson is a professional and incredible therapist. I feel very comfortable with her and she makes sure to create a safe space to be vulnerable. I'm so happy to have her as my therapist!

Written on Mar 22, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Dr Thoreson is super sweet, friendly, a good listener and very prompt. I feel supported and high recommend

Written on Mar 05, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 5 months on issues concerning depression, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Thoreson is a bright light in my week. I look forward to our sessions and always feel better after talking to her. She highlights areas I may be blind to with great care and sensitivity. She is expressive, sincere, and trustworthy. She provides real life examples of strategies that have helped others and guides you to make informed decisions for yourself. I am continuously impressed by her service. I feel confident she is equipped to address a variety of concerns including, burnout, anxiety, breakups, and complex work relationships. She has made me want to continue therapy.

Written on Jan 29, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Thoreson is a blend of compassion, kindness, and intelligence. I leave every session learning a new tool/concept and always feeling hopeful that I can overcome any hardship. My time with Dr. Thoreson has been a wonderful experience and anyone is lucky to have the opportunity to work with her.

Written on Jan 03, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

Dr. Thoreson is incredibly professional but also warm and friendly at the same time. She creates a safe space to share where she listens carefully and provides incredible insight and exercises to help overcome. This is the best therapist I’ve ever worked with and I’m so thankful to have found her.

Written on Dec 08, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

While most therapists will be compassionate and great listeners, what sets Dr. Thoreson apart is how she maintains that empathy while giving a more structured framework to the sessions. She is not only easy to open up to but also incredibly insightful - I will walk out of each session learning something new about myself or about how the mind works. The IFS framework in which she bases her therapy provides a unique perspective through which you can understand your ingrained patterns of behavior and the wounds that they seek to protect, which then empowers you to make the necessary changes but in a gradual, sustainable way (another way to put it would be to work on the underlying causes rather than attacking just the symptoms, which some therapists are apt to do). I appreciate the level of thoughtfulness and care that Dr. Thoreson puts into each session and can’t recommend her highly enough.

Written on Nov 12, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Thoreson is a kind, competent therapist who is genuinely seeking to help people. She’s an expert at what she does and I would recommend her to anyone seeking therapy.

Written on Oct 07, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I felt like I was working with a teammate in working through my concerns with Dr. Thoreson. She’s kind, insightful, and had ample tools to help me do some personal homework.

Written on Jun 30, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, adhd, and compassion fatigue

I’m so surprised how much Dr. Thoreson and I get through each session. Each time I come away with a new perspective or a new way to tackle an issue that I have. I’m excited to continuing working with her.

Written on May 29, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Thoreson has shown me how to get my confidence back and understand how to find myself again she’s the best and I would recommend her to everyone

Written on May 17, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

I was hesitant to start therapy but so glad I did once I started talking to Dr Thoreson. She has a very comforting tone and voice and she takes time to make sure I feel like I’m being heard. It’s amazing she remembers my issues and progress from week to week. Extremely lucky I was matched with Dr Thoreson.

Written on Apr 01, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Thoreson is supportive and encouraging.

Written on Feb 11, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

So supportive, understanding, loving, and caring. She really tries to understand you and what is going on in your life. I could not recommend her highly enough.

Written on Feb 10, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

I didn't know what it was like to have a decent therapist, and was worried at the start I would be throwing money down the drain on something that wouldn't help me, as it was a sizeable amount. However, my fears soon melted away as I got to know Dr. Thoreson better and through the exercises and perspectives that she shared with me, allowed me to view the world in a new light. I feel very lucky that I got to have her as a therapist and gave BetterHealth a decent chance.

Written on Feb 10, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Dr Thoreson has been incredibly compassionate and helpful in directing growth and understanding an issue. Highly recommend her

Written on Jan 22, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder,

Laura was honestly a perfect match when it came to my confusing crisis and always made me feel supported no matter what I chose.

Written on Jan 07, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I wanna thank Dr. Thoreson for all the helps she has given to me during my difficult moments. She gives a safe space for me to talk about my problems and helps me sort out my feelings and thoughts. She guides me through my problems and validate my feelings. She asked me several questions that makes me think about myself, in a good way though. I feel better about myself after the counseling sessions with her.

Written on Nov 10, 2020 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I enjoy and look forward to talking to Dr. Thoreson. I feel like I’m talking to a friend who really understands me, is patient, and guides me. She makes me feel heard and complimented. I trust her.

Work with me!