Psychotherapy with Laurel

Diverse

My practice includes adults and families from all walks of life. All races, orientations, genders, and approaches to relationships are welcome and celebrated here. You are the expert of your own experience and I offer you my respect, empathy, and openness.

Trauma-Informed

Over the last ten years I have sought additional training in trauma, with particular focus on working with survivors of sexual assault. I am trained in EMDR and have years of experience working with LGBTQ issues, chronic illness, and people living with and affected by HIV.

Feminist

My approach is built on a foundation of feminist, anti-oppression beliefs. I believe therapy is ineffective if the greater social context a person lives in is not examined critically; most of the time, doing so is empowering for all genders.

"Experience isn’t what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” - Aldous Huxley

Laurel Roberts-Meese, M.S., Registered Associate MFT

My Approach

While we are powerless to control many conditions and events that befall us, we have a capacity for resiliency that therapy can amplify by providing the right tools and support. My job as your therapist is to help you find the right resources, both in your community and within yourself, to help you experience the challenges of life in a way that ultimately empowers you and builds your innate resilience. 


As therapists go, I'm active and conversational. I'm not one to simply listen and nod. My style is direct and warm, and I love collaborating to help you get the results you're seeking. I'm curious, engaged, and enjoy exploring new ways of thinking and processing what's happening in your life. I'm open to feedback and delight in customizing your care.

Modalities

I'm trained in many different types of therapy, including humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, narrative, and solution-focused. I incorporate mindfulness practices, feminist theory, somatic experiencing, Non-Violent Communication, and Gestalt, imaginal, and Hakomi techniques into my work as fits the client and topic. 


I am trained in EMDR and am working towards certification.

Experience

I earned a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California in 2012. Prior to that, I worked as a teacher and in crisis response for survivors of sexual assault.


For two years I worked at Novato Youth Center (now North Marin Community Services) as a therapist in their family therapy clinic, teen clinic, and as a school-based therapist in several middle schools. For a year and a half I was a staff therapist at The Spahr Center, serving Marin's LGBTQ and HIV+ populations.


Since October 2017 I am employed and supervised by New Perspectives Center for Counseling in San Francisco. I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, IMF 74070, supervised by William Jones, MFT, MFC 39857.

Fees

My fee is $120 for a 50-minute session, with sliding scale opportunities based on your financial need and my scheduling availability. I accept cash, check, and credit card.


I offer a 15-20 minute phone consultation free of charge.

Working Together

Research indicates that 80% of the effectiveness of therapy is created through collaboration and the quality of the relationship between therapist and client. 


If you feel like you'd work well with a therapist who is conversational, direct, and warm, I would love to hear from you.

Issues I Work With

Adult Children of Mentally Ill Parents

Anxiety, Panic, Stress and Worry
Boundaries
Creativity
Family Conflict
Identity and Self-Actualization
Infidelity
LGBTQ Issues
Millennial Phase-of-Life Issues
Relationship Issues
Sexual assault
Transitions
Women’s Issues

Professional Associations

  • Board of Behavioral Sciences, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Psy Chi International Honor Society for Excellence in Academic Psychology
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Marin and San Francisco Chapters of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Gaylesta


New Perspectives Center for Counseling

5026 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, California 94118, United States

(415) 504-2895

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