Laurie ChandlerMarriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
I work with introverts and extroverts who want to deepen their inner lives and practice self-care.
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Today's challenging world can take its toll, causing worry and uncertainty in people's careers, finances, and relationships. Left unchecked, this stress can pile up, to the point where solutions become obscured. It doesn't have to be that way. I can help you learn the skills to move beyond anxiety and get back in control.
You find yourself wondering how it is possible to be in a relationship and feel so alone. No matter how hard you try to connect with your partner, the two of you just seem to keep missing each other. You miss the fun the two of you used to have, you miss the times when the two of you used to talk so easily. Working with a trained couples therapist can help you to get back on track with your relationship. It is possible to heal, grow and have fulfilling relationships.
I seem to be an especially good fit for people who identify as sensitive/emotional, self-critical, creative, rebellious, different, or insightful. My areas of experience and focus are: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief/loss, non-traditional relationships, sexuality, identity and self-esteem.
Do certain behaviors feel out of integrity with your sense of self? Do you freeze in response to persistent self doubt or self criticism...or flee to substances or behaviors to get relief? Are certain expressions of trauma no longer supporting your wellbeing? Does the weight of your work in CMH flood into your life outside work? Does some part of you trust that it could be different? Together we can support you in slowing down, (co)regulating & create a space for deep listening.
My lively and lovely clients come to me when their ways of getting through life are no longer working so well. They're ready to make a change, and ready to lean on some support to make it happen. They want to find a sense of joy, purpose, and contentment, and are willing to work for it!
Are you feeling stuck in your relationships? Do you long for a healthy relationship? Are you in a relationship with someone you really care about but feel terrified it won't work out? Have you been told you are too needy or codependent? These are just some of the common experiences women can have when it comes to love. Together, I can help you feel more confident, empowered and at ease in your relationships.
Anxiety is something you’ve struggled with for a long time. While you appear to be holding it together, inside you’re dealing with feelings of dread, catastrophic thoughts that you can’t seem to stop, and constantly feeling like you need to plan for what might go wrong. The good news is that there are methods that research shows can really help. You and I will work together to identify ways to tackle anxiety and live a more full life.
I work with grieving adults, highly sensitive people, trauma, and those seeking insight into their behaviors and choices in life, who want to get to the root of the “why” and make changes from there. I also work with children and families using play therapy.
My approach is especially effective with ages 20's - 50's who have already done some traditional therapy in their life and are curious and committed to exploring a different way of being in the world. I have made an impact on clients who are exploring: complex trauma, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, codependence, growing up in an alcoholic and/or abusive family, communication and intimacy issues, pre-marital and clients in major life stage changes (vocational/life's purpose/existential.
As a therapist, I cultivate an inclusive space for clients from diverse backgrounds. Specializing in depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, and work or school stress, I'm dedicated to supporting underrepresented populations. I provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for exploring inner experiences and fostering lasting growth.
Many of us reach out when we feel the need for support, or help working through challenging times. Sometimes we face challenges we think are too difficult to manage alone. I believe in taking a strength-based, client-centered approach to psychotherapy, working with you to help you grow toward your best self. The familiar ways you have of dealing with life's complications may not be working; together we can work to identify new positive means of change.
It's a stressful, confusing, scary world out there. Do you respond to it by trying to be "perfect" or stay five steps ahead of life? Do you get caught in worry spirals trying to game out everything that could go wrong, or stuck in self-critical thoughts whenever anything goes wrong? Or perhaps you get paralyzed with anxiety, unable to take any action. That persistent feeling of "not good enough" can lead to depression, anxiety, or generally feeling like the life has been sucked out of you.
Have you found yourself locked in a pattern of relating that leads again and again to the same negative, frustrating or unsatisfying outcomes? I help couples or individuals identify and alter these patterns, often with insight into how they developed in the first place, leading to happier and more fulfilling relationships and lives.
My clients tend to be individuals who struggle to advocate for themselves in relationships- whether they be work, romantic, familial or friendly. They tend to put other people's feelings before their own. They may struggle with anxiety, depression, or both. I work with a lot of people who experienced emotional neglect in childhood, and/or self centered parents, and/or very oppressive home environments.
Sometimes we need someone trustworthy, who will listen attentively without judgement or reproach, and reflect what they hear with honestly and with care, who will stay steady when we are mired in the eddies of our emotions, and help us make sense of our histories and lives. Sometimes we need someone to bear witness to our suffering, our sorrow and our longing, to feel the nuance and mystery of who we are and have become, and to help forge the path forward.
Are you seeking ways in understanding sex, relationships, love, and intimacy? Are you seeking help with various sexual dysfunctions such as erectile dysfunction, premature or delayed ejaculation, performance anxiety, low libido, and relationship issues? Are you looking at opening up your relationship or finding ways to better your polyamorous relationship? These questions around sex and sexuality can be overwhelming, and my holistic practices in therapy can help you explore and heal.
Are you striving to find satisfaction with your work, life or relationships? Have you been struggling to meet what society believes a “real man” is supposed to be? Do you want to focus on fixing immediate problems rather than unraveling past hurts? Do you prefer to work with a therapist who can relate to your challenges? I get where you’re coming from, and I’m here to help.
Priscilla specializes in the intersection of queer and faith identities, as people don't fit into neat, rigid boxes of gender identity, sexual orientation, and faith. Priscilla also works with religious trauma, navigating Asian American identity, re-authoring historical value and familial beliefs, and recovery.
I help women who are successful in their careers but not in their relationships. Many of the women I work with have tried therapy before but found that it didn't offer the level of self knowledge and change they were seeking. Using a warm yet direct approach, I work collaboratively to understand and support my clients in their exploration and help them reach their goals. Members of the LGBTQQ++ communities and therapists seeking their own therapy are warmly welcomed.