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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There are many reasons eating disorders are invited into your life. Just as there are many reasons why a person develops an eating disorder, the way you recover will be just as unique. If there was a one size fits all solution, that would perhaps be as deceptive as the problem itself. Whether it’s perfectionism, judgment, loneliness, self-improvement, health, fear, family issues… Together we will discover what invites these problems into your life, and begin to find what recovery means for you.
Therapy improves relationships. The individuals I work with are often tired of repeating the same patterns again and again, whether it's dating abuse, codependency, or chronic relationship conflict, anxiety, avoidance or indecision. They're ready to get to the root causes and finally make real change. Of course, all relationships start with and reflect your relationship to yourself. If you're dealing with a harsh inner critic or low self-worth, this internal relationship needs attention first.
I help clients navigate various challenges including relationships, career, and changes in their health status due to aging, illness or injury. I also coach clients seeking enhanced motivation to tackle behavioral changes related to work and health. I trained as a psychotherapist after a long career as a lawyer and enjoy helping clients focus on pragmatic goals as well as the philosophical challenges that life presents.
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.
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.
Sexuality & pleasure are stigmatized, this plays into how we feel about ourselves, our bodies. I specialize in sex, intimacy and relationship issues specifically undoing harmful stories which no longer work for us, which hold us back, harm us. I work to re-educate, and then to empower. I work with clients to signifcantly reduce distress and undo longer standing concerns. Find your truth and build on that!
I work with couples who avoid conflict and feel lonely in their partnership, and those who fight frequently and find conflict escalates quickly. I also work with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, have a hard time asking for their needs to be met and often don't understand their emotional reactions. Many experienced childhood trauma that has hurt their sense of self. Others come for support during life transitions or because they are grieving.
Do you have a sense that something is not quite fitting for you- or that you could be accomplishing more or enjoying more? This therapy is right for you if you're ready to try something new, get a little uncomfortable, and explore what's true for you.
I tend to work well with busy people, those who work in tech or other careers requiring an analytical mind, high achievers, who might get stuck in their thoughts, or push themselves too hard. Those who are trying to find meaning amidst the rat race. Those who want to take stuff from therapy and implement it pretty quickly. The issues that I best serve: relationship problems, anxiety, depression, trauma, work-life balance, stress, anger management, finding meaning, and family conflict.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I work primarily with folks who are: neurodivergent (e.g. autistic, ADHD, or other), chronically ill/disabled (particularly with autoimmune illnesses), queer/LGBTQIAA2S, sexual/gender outsiders, fat-identified and/or hoping to develop a more loving relationship with their body, sex workers, poly folks, and those in non-traditional relationship and family structures. If you've ever been told that you're too much, too negative, or too "in your head," let's talk. I welcome you exactly as you are.