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Laurie Nelson, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Family conflicts Self esteem Depression
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About me

Hello there! I'm a licensed therapist (MFT) for over 10 years, and have a warm, engaging and growth oriented approach. I've helped clients who are immersed in DEPRESSION and ANXIETY as well as those in a higher functioning place that simply need help navigating a specific struggle with guided support .** I use approaches like DBT( Dialectical Behavior Therapy)mixed with cognitive behavioral and mindfulness strategies. I'm trained in Psychodynamic theory as well, and see the importance of knowing why you get stuck along with the need for concrete strategies to move forward.* I have extensive experience in treating all types of Depression as well as Generalized Anxiety, PTSD, Social Anxiety, ADHD, difficulty with Anger Management and Emotional Regulation.
* I often help clients transform a harsh inner-critic into self acceptance, newfound confidence and increased capacity for joy. My goal is for you to gain strategies and insight that allow you to feel fully expressed, alive and authentic. I have specialized experience helping clients release the old stories and beliefs that keep them stuck in the status quo. By shining a light on what these are and where they come from, new possibilities and increased freedom of choice appear. I'll help you get unstuck , take small steps towards your goals and create momentum in the process!
*I've also worked extensively to help clients improve all aspects of relationships, with a big focus on communication and learning how to say what you mean, ask for what you want and better hear the other person as well. Whether it's at work, with a partner or a child, you can learn how to bring up difficult topics with more ease and confidence.
*As a therapist, I balance listening, supporting and giving you concrete strategies that are unique to your personality and situation. I'll challenge you with empathy and kindness when necessary and encourage you to move through fear and hesitation in order to move forward. I love helping clients explore the idea that life is happening FOR them and not TO them, which leads to feelings of empowerment vs victimization.
* My clients come away with the skill of using what life brings as a lesson to be learned. Once the lesson is learned, the need for the situation to repeat is gone. This is freeing and leads to a trust in all that life brings us. When appropriate, I also incorporate guided visualization, mindfulness meditation and body awareness into the sessions. These can be powerful ways to bring clarity and unexpected answers to the most difficult things you face. I live in CA with my husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs and a cat. I love hiking, painting and teach hip hop dance which I love! Being a parent gives me personal as well as professional experience that I utilize when helping clients deal with the inevitable challenges of being part of a family.

Professional experience

10yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy

License information

CA LMFT 38826


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Laurie Nelson. 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.

Won’t utilize the scheduling on line option and quit me before I could even make an appointment!

Written on Aug 30, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 5 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and parenting issues

Laurie is a good listener and asks poignant questions. She encourages self reflection and responds promptly. I have benefitted greatly from our sessions.

Written on Jul 31, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Laurie has helped me be more true to myself. I've noticed a considerable shift in thought after speaking with her for about year and a half, and I genuinely believe that speaking with her has been the catalyst for most of the positive changes in my thinking and in my life.

Written on Oct 07, 2021 after therapy with Laurie for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Very helpful. Gives great advice. Listens and doesn’t just respond but actively gives advice and makes you feel comfortable for talking about anything.

Written on Aug 31, 2021 after therapy with Laurie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

I recently started therapy with Laurie Nelson, and she has already had a positive impact on my mental health and overall well being. She offers supportive listening and understanding. She gives feedback and advice in the most gentle way while still keeping it real and honest. I feel understood and accepted which is something I really needed in a new therapist. I appreciate my sessions with her, and I look forward to working with her in the future.

Written on May 06, 2021 after therapy with Laurie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, and self esteem

I’m happy to be back and grateful that Laurie is still my therapist .

Written on Apr 11, 2021 after therapy with Laurie for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd