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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GOT ANGER? GOT ANXIETY? Well, you're human. Yet, you are here because something's not right. Despite your best efforts, you realized you need someone specially trained and experienced to guide you to a better place. I help people for whom anger or anxiety has become a problem by improving behavioral and emotional self-awareness, identifying triggers and underlying causes, and developing effective coping skills that can help you manage you anger and anxiety in more constructive ways.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.