About Laura Gardner
Emeryville, CA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#53622) and love helping my clients overcome their crises, develop self-esteem, communicate more effectively, build healthy relationships, and challenge their old habits and ways of being in the world.

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“I find my job incredibly satisfying when I can help people live the lives they want. I love what I do!”

I work holistically which means I combine different approaches to therapy that integrate the mind, body, and spirit. Together we will explore your current predicament, your past experiences, what you want your future to look like, and how we can get there.

I’ve been described as down to earth, effective, direct, warm, and helpful. While my therapy style combines a number of different therapeutic modalities (psychodynamic, somatic, relational, and gestalt), what guides me in the room is to attune to my client’s specific needs.

My work has been informed by a number of talented and wise clinicians, including Marsha Hiller, Irvin Yalom, Carl Rogers, Carl Jung, Christine Caldwell, Arnie Mindell, Peter Levine, The Hakomi Method, Geneen Roth, Tim Wise, and Debbie Ford, just to name a few.

I am an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) and well as the East Bay chapter (EB-CAMFT).

Educational Background

Connecticut College, New London, CT
B.A. Double Major in History and Hispanic Studies

John F. Kennedy University, School of Holistic Studies, Pleasant Hill, CA
M.A. in Counseling Psychology – Somatic Focus

McKinnon Body Therapy Center, Oakland, CA
Swedish Massage Certification

Rape Trauma Services, Burlingame, CA
State of California Sexual Assault Counselor Certification

Critical Dialogues Across Differences (CDAD), U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
CDAD Facilitator

Counseling Experience
  • Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, Berkeley, CA (2012-2013)

  • Private Practice Internship with Marsha Hiller, Berkeley, CA (2006-2012)

  • Parkmead Elementary School, Walnut Creek, CA (2009-2011)

  • Rape Trauma Services, Burlingame, CA (2008-2009)

  • JFK University Center for Holistic Counseling, Oakland, CA (2005-2006)