Laurie Nelson


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.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #38826 (Expires: 2019-07-31)


Written by E.D. on Mar 15, 2019 after counseling with Laurie for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Laurie knows how to read what’s is happening and has experience and expertise with the subjects we are dealing and working through and with. She is not belittling nor just going through the motions of a session even when I am redundant with my sessions. She acknowledges and repeats back what has been said or what issues I might not see or hear in my communications. And she is encouraging and thoughtful in her addressing of my concerns and my disclosures.

I am grateful for my counselor and her work with me and her knowledge and our kismet. I am truly thankful for this service and our professional client relationship. I am better for it, and more aware of myself.

Written by N.I. on Feb 21, 2019 after counseling with Laurie for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem

Laurie is a special counselor, easily connected and so insightful.

Written by S.A. on Oct 05, 2018 after counseling with Laurie for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Laurie is extremely caring and compassionate, and is definitely a person who is constantly on your side to try and soothe what's getting to you.

Written by O.S. on Jul 11, 2018 after counseling with Laurie for 6 months

Laurie helped me get through a tough time in my life. With her I was able to figure out what I wanted and needed in my life. Her counseling techniques guided me to finding the answers within myself. Without her I don't know how long, or if at all, it would have have taken me to be able to move on.

Written by D.E. on Mar 29, 2018 after counseling with Laurie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

I love Laurie, she has helped get through my traumas and provides me techniques to cope with everyday stress. She cares about my issues, and she is the best therapist I've had and believe me I've had a lot. I don't have enough words to describe how amazing she is.

Written by M.A. on Feb 07, 2018 after counseling with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

One session and I feel so amazing! I know I will make progress with her assurance!