Find freedom from the feelings you have tried for so long to get rid of so you can live fully and love deeply.

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Hi, I’m Laura. I’m a therapist in Aptos who specializes in helping people to figure out feelings they don’t understand. But these aren’t just any feelings…they have been with you for a long, long time and have caused you so many problems. You have been on a rollercoaster ride trying to get rid of them, feeling hopeful when you think you’ve finally done it and devastated when the same unwanted pit in your stomach returns.

You might be reading this having given up hope that anything can be different, and yet here you are, wondering if counseling might help. Or maybe you’ve tried therapy before and it didn’t help like you hoped. So…

Can therapy help?

YES!! Of course, I am biased, because I wouldn’t be continuing to work in this field if I didn’t believe that counseling is worthwhile. But I have seen so many people - people who were ready to dig deep, to finally face the overwhelming emotions they have tried for so long to avoid or eliminate - find relief, healing and peace.

How do I know if I’m ready for counseling with you?

A lot of the clients I work best with have tried many other things in order to feel less overwhelmed and burdened by emotional pain and anxiety. Many have even tried therapy before. But these attempts to feel better either didn’t work or helped for a while only to have the same unwanted feelings return. If this describes you, I’m sorry that you have continued to suffer. It takes a lot of courage to think about trying counseling again (or trying it for the first time if you never have before).

If we decide to work together, I can help you to finally face the emotions you’ve wished would just go away (but haven’t) - because facing them (rather than avoiding them) is what will help. Together we can help you to address these feelings without feeling overwhelmed and help you to heal and move forward.

As the poet Mary Oliver puts it, this is “your one wild and precious life”. If you feel ready to dig deeper in order to live more freely, let’s talk to see if I’m the right fit to help you get there.

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