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MA, LMFT, LMFT Laurie Nelson

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Laurie Nelson is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

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Licensing: MA, LMFT, LMFT
Years in Practice: 10
State: CA

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.

About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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

Aug 30, 2022


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

S.T.·Jul 31, 2022


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.

S.T.·Oct 07, 2021


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

B.R.·Aug 31, 2021


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.

S.A.·May 06, 2021


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

M.A.·Apr 11, 2021


Laurie has really helped me navigate some very difficult and painful challenges. Her work is incredible.

E.D.·Dec 30, 2020


Laurie has been a tremendous help that has helped me working through many big life challenges including a break up and a reconciliation. She has guided me to better self awareness and to a healthier/happier relationship. She’s a great counselor!

Q.I.·Nov 16, 2020


Laurie has been such an incredible help, validating my feelings, giving me new ways to explore feelings and just being so understanding. I couldn’t recommend someone more, thank you Laurie!

T.A.·Aug 17, 2020


Laurie is a great counselor and motivator to get to where you want to be. I've only had two sessions so far but she has helped me see a new perspective, and sometimes thats all you need. She has led me to great advice towards interacting with other people or significant others, as well as respecting myself and figuring out what i really want. Thanks Laurie!

M.A.·Aug 13, 2020


Laurie is a great listener, offers support, guidance, and second opinions when I ask for them. She is also very quick to respond to any messages I send between sessions! In between sessions, I've been working to do a lot of internal digging when I start to feel anxious and tend to brain-dump or write out my experiences in long-form through the messaging portion of the app. Laurie responds in equal measure, and I find this particularly helpful to receive feedback and more areas to dig in and work, without the advice being relegated to our weekly sessions. This has been incredibly helpful and I'm extremely grateful. I can already feel my patterns of thinking and feeling changing for the better!

C.H.·May 14, 2020


Laurie is awesome to talk to! She genuinely listens and tried to help me through my problems to the best of her abilities. 2 months working with Laurie and I already see results in my day to day! I am very thankful for her help!

J.A.·Oct 21, 2019


Laurie is an empathetic and motivational person. I feel like I can just be honest with and go to her for support. She is super client-centered and will be your biggest advocate. In just two sessions she has been a great listening ear but more importantly has provided me with fresh perspectives and real-life exercises to help with my confidence and anxiety. She is warm, understanding, and experienced. I would definitely recommend!

S.T.·Aug 20, 2019


Laurie is an incredible therapist and has helped me through so much - job changes, moving to a different country, relationship issues, personal development - to name a few. She is a great listener and actively cares about you as a person. I have implemented many of the techniques she has guided me through and I am such a stronger person for it! Can't recommend Laurie enough.

H.A.·Jun 27, 2019


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.

E.D.·Mar 15, 2019


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

N.I.·Feb 21, 2019


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.

S.A.·Oct 05, 2018


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.

O.S.·Jul 11, 2018


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.

D.E.·Mar 29, 2018


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

M.A.·Feb 07, 2018


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