Laura C MalloryLMFT

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Availability

In Pacific Time

What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?

My belief is that the biggest barrier for people seeking care is therapists who are practice from a place of non authenticity, therapists who believe in diagnosis coming before the quality and trust between you as the client and them as the professional.

What would be important for someone to know about working with you?

When you work with me, you will find that I allow you space and also structure as needed and desired by you to come to your own conclusions about the meaning that an event in your life has for you. I offer Expressive modalities when I sense that you might be feeling stuck , and you always have the choice to say no to such offerings. You can count on me to gently and emphatically challenge beliefs that are inherently self critical or untrue, and guide you with regards to how to transform those beliefs using talk therapy and Expressive offerings( including movement or taking on a posture to represent feelings now vs. how you would like to feel) I welcome clients who are feeling the whole gammit of emotions from very angry to shut down and numb. I can support your whatever you are experiencing right now because one of my primary values as your therapist is unconditional positive care. I also value transparency and sharing experiences I have had , so long as it is supportive for you as the client, something I will always check in with you about after sharing an experience.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

We work on this collaboratively. By the 4th or 5th session, I pull up a basic blank template, screen share it with you, and taking up one full session, together we create a treatment plan. To get us started I will ask you, " If I could wave a magic wand , what would be one to three primary areas where you would like to see your life transform?" then together with me as scribe, we co-create treatment goals with benchmarks to your progress that make sense to you and often include your wording.

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Self-Esteem

Artists' mental health

Trauma

General Expertise

Loss/Grief

Social Anxiety

Adolescent mental health

Attachment issues

Body dysmorphia

Body image issues

Codependency

College & graduate student issues

Fees

$150

First Session

$150

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Expressive Arts Therapy

Internal Family Systems Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Training / Certifications

Person Centered Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate 2021

Licensure

CA, LMFT, 103976

Education

Masters in Counseling Psychology John F Kennedy University 2011

Work History

Assistance to cope and heal from anxiety, depression, trauma and ADHD for 11 years; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 2017 Collaborative process to create treatment goals by the 5th session of therapy. Residential treatment counselor for teens with Eating Disorders for 3 months in 2018 Trained in Person Centered Expressive Arts Therapy since 2019 Expressive Arts Therapy helps you to better understand, cope with, and develop acceptance towards all the different parts of you. The part that feels angry, standoffish and hesitant, another part that feels a lot of things such as sad, overwhelmed , anxious, or traumatized. I help you to integrate all those parts so that you feel empowered, and understand how to move forward towards goals in your life. Person Centered Therapy means that you decide when you want to talk, use writing or other creative modality to explore the challenges you came to therapy for. My job is to stay present and attuned to you, and offer options that I think may be helpful. You always have the option to choose a different way of exploring . Consultation on regular basis in Internal Family Systems modality described below: We all have a Self, core essence; due to challenges and trauma, different parts of ourselves become "cut off" from that Self. For example , you may develop a self-critical part. The goal is to help you to integrate the cut-off parts of yourself. We struggle to feel whole and fully empowered when we do not have an awareness and acceptance of all of our parts and our roles. I use Expressive Arts and Person Centered Therapy to help you develop this self acceptance, to release work through and transform emotions and attitudes toward life experiences.

Location

Remote Therapy, Bay Area, 94521, CA