Laura Gardner (she/her)

MFT

Holistic Psychotherapist Committed to Inclusion, Multiculturalism, and Racial Justice

Marriage & Family Therapist in Emeryville, CA

Services
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family

About My Clients

Does it feel like nothing is ever good enough and neither are you? You don’t have to feel this way - therapy helps. We will work together so you can learn to calm yourself down, build confidence, feel more hopeful, communicate more effectively, build and have better relationships, feel comfortable in your own skin, feel whole, and much more! Whether as an individual or as a couple, you will come away from our work with more choice and freedom in your life.

My Background and Approach

Psychological pain was created in relationship, so healing has to happen in relationship as well. With me, no topic is off limits! Through building a trusting relationship together, I am able to give you the acceptance and support that you may not have gotten while growing up. I like to add humor at times in sessions (only when it’s appropriate, of course), and our sessions will include some of the following: body awareness, mindfulness and breathing, relatable stories, questions, art (like drawing), EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), exploring your personal and inter-generational history, in-the-moment observations, challenging negative beliefs, props like pillows and blankets, focus on our interpersonal dynamics, and/or we'll just talk!

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I have a very strong conviction to create a more equal, just, inclusive, and diverse world. It’s important to me that we continuously fight racism, sexism, and discrimination of all kinds (especially given our current political climate). I’ve led diversity and inclusion trainings with U.C. Berkeley staff about privilege, mental illness, and unconscious bias, to name a few. My interest in diversity and inclusion comes from growing up in the Bay Area; having a bilingual education; working with ESL students, professors, and Chinese executives; spending a lot of time in abroad; having queer and straight friends and clients; and being a great-grandchild of immigrants. I give either time or money to the National Museum of African-American History, The Humane Society, The ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Geographic, and various smaller non-profits. Having a diverse practice is very intentional for me, and I welcome people from all backgrounds.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 14 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $130 - 150/session

Info

510-594-4300 Email Laura
1240 Powell Street
Suite 2C
Emeryville, CA 94608-2600

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