Laurie Richardson

LMFT

About Me

I bring a wealth of knowledge from being a parent, a preschool teacher, a 7th grade Waldorf teacher, an art instructor, a graphic designer and copyrighter, and an art consultant for over 24 years. My school trajectory took me from UCLA to San Jose State to Sac State, a Waldorf training college and finally to San Francisco's CIIS.

Becoming a therapist means you are a good listener and humbled each time a human being opens their heart to you. To that end, I work diligently to understand and tailor each treatment I design to work specifically with the client in front of me. I relish the empathy and dignity of Person-Centered Therapy because I firmly believe that each person knows themselves best and can apply what they learn when they are given the tools and perspective to see solutions within the framework of the very problems they brought to therapy in the first place. Being an EXA therapist means that I employ the Expressive Arts (poetry, rap, photography, 2D and 3D art, dance, sculpture, writing, drama, music, gardening, and cooking, and eco-art) into the healing process. The art becomes another tool and a living testament to the fact that healing is happening. My style of therapy focuses upon being sensitive, empathetic with a healthy dash of questions. My sessions are usually filled with interactive games, art, laughter, meditation and yes, breakthroughs and tears - all the range of possible human expression. People tell me they come away from their session feeling happier, lighter, clearer and understood. I have great compassion for the people I see, whether via telehealth or in-person. My goal is to be fully present, listening, supporting, acknowledging and empowering you forward, however that next chapter appears.

In particular, I see the arena of couples as a challenge, where you not only see the beauty, strengths and blind spots of each indiviudal, but you also witness the inter-relating between the two partners as a living entity. Some couples are stormy and competitive, others are more harmonious and deferential. Truly, it's like watching a 3D gyroscope in constant movement. No matter the circumstance, each individual's story deserves to be heard and acknowledged, which can be a delicate therapeutic balancing act. What I appreciate most about working with couples is the ever-shifting and quick pace of their interactions. To watch so much change as new revelations come to light brings a smile to my face and reminds me of the privilege it is to be present and aware of people as they grow forward, moment by precious moment. I look forward to see your particular gyroscope in action and helping you see what specific steps can help your relationship and you evolve. Come work with me!


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Depression , Coaching , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

CA LMFT 132096


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Laurie Richardson. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with ReGain might be different.

Written on Nov 23, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

Drilling intuition and deep knowledge of the human soul! Highly recommended

Written on Oct 19, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Based on Laurie's description, and long list of expertise, we felt that she would be a great fit for us - and we were not disappointed! Our sessions always began with her rare brand of vulnerability, which immediately broke the ice during a tense chapter in our relationship. Laurie is so easy to talk to, funny, and very professional. We always felt lighter after every session, and appreciated her unique approach, highlighting different forms of play as a healing modality. If we return to couple's therapy, we will certainly be seeking Laurie again. Highly recommend this special human :)

Written on Oct 18, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Laurie is awesome to talk to. She’s understanding, and has several tools to improve communication and bolster the love in a relationship. My romantic situation is volatile, but she adapts and answers timely in the best way she can despite this.

Written on Sep 18, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Laurie is extremely helpful. She’s knowledgeable about our situation and offers real progress by working with us on our issues. We feel like we’re really lucky to have found her.

Written on Aug 18, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Laurie is simply wonderful! She has been instrumental in helping my husband me cope with grief. She has a big heart, and she helped us address and release darkness with her gentle kindness. Our sessions with her didn't feel like therapy...they felt like a great conversation with an old friend! I am forever grateful for her guidance and support through the most difficult time of our lives. She has also given us the tools to express ourselves and communicate more effectively when we are struggling. My husband had never been through therapy before, and this experience with Laurie has made him a total believer in the power of therapy! Thank you Laurie!!❤️

Written on Aug 14, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Laurie is easy to talk to and helps us focus on positive changes. She makes the communication between us less stressful because she selectively injects her personal experience to give us persepective. Laurie sends messages that encourage us and she appreciates how difficult it is to arrange appointments with 3 people who have other important connections to consider.

Written on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 1 week on issues concerning relationship

Excellent counselor.

Written on Jul 11, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

She is a very knowledgeable, caring, concerned therapist who makes me feel strongly that she wants to help me

Work with me!