Laura C MalloryPerson Centered Expressive Arts Therapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
In Pacific Time
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.
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.
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.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Artists' mental health
There’s been a long history of debating the connection between creativity and mental illness. Research shows mixed results but ultimately, anyone can experience mental health issues in relation to professional burnout or work-related stress.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Children that experience parents and/or guardians that are avoidant, ambivalent, or resistant from an early age, may develop attachment issues. This can manifest as difficulty forming or maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and empathetic bonds throughout life, as well as other issues.
Condition causing people to worry excessively about appearance or even imagine flaws. Generally distressing to the point of impacting ability to perform everyday activities. Can be experienced by people of any age, gender, or sex.
Young Adults (18-24)
Expressive Arts Therapy
Internal Family Systems Therapy
Person Centered Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate 2021
CA, LMFT, 103976
Masters in Counseling Psychology John F Kennedy University 2011
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.
Remote Therapy, Bay Area, 94521, CA