Laurie Richardson

LMFT

About me

Having returned to grad school to become a therapist at the midpoint of my life, 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 SF's Art Academy, San Jose State to Sac State, a Waldorf-training college and finally to San Francisco's CIIS.

What I've learned is that the act of 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 work with teens particularly around depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship issues and challenges and school issues such as loneliness, bulllying, etc. I also help teens with autism, ADHD and those who are facing tough choices, whether at home or around their future. Not only have I worked with teens individually, I have also helped teens involved in custody issues and created expressive art groups for teenage girls to feel more solidarity, more empowerment, working through issues like cutting, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, etc. The beauty of these groups is in creating a safe and inviting place where people feel comfortable to let their guard down and share their innermost thoughts and channel those feelings not only verbally, but also artistically.

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. More importantly, teens need to feel acknowledged, heard, seen. To even seek help is monumental and requires courage, especially when things seem really dark. I'm here to support and guide my clients to. a place where we can jointly discover solutions that you can apply the next hour, the next day and see results

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. I look forward to hearing from you!


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

  • Live Chat

  • 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 Teen Counseling might be different.

Written on Jan 16, 2023 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and compassion fatigue

Laurie is an outstanding therapist. She listens, pushes the communication forward, and focuses on your strengths. Laurie is “real.” I appreciate her expert insight. I am not an easy person and she gives the space to be myself and then centers my thoughts. She is the best therapist I have ever spoken to in my 53 years.

Written on Jan 14, 2023 after therapy with Laurie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes

Laurie is… a breath of fresh air, a nice break from the mundane. I have been doing so much work but Laurie was the one that helped me piece it all together. She’s such a warm soul it’s a nice change up from what we’re all used to in life. Honestly you’re a damn fool to not hire her. She goes above and beyond even if it’s not in her job description. You will never find a more genuine, humble, empathetic soul.

Written on Jan 12, 2023 after therapy with Laurie for 5 months

Laurie and I have been having regular sessions since August and I’m spite of my initial reservations about virtual sessions, Laurie very quickly built a strong rapport resulting in valuable and constructive counselling. She has supported me through various difficult life events including bereavement and my associated grief, various physical and mental health issues. I have made such progress under Laurie’s kind, compassionate yet challenging guidance and made such progress in a relatively short period of time in working to address various issues with addiction and relationships which I have been unable to deal with for years. I am under no illusion that I would not be in the place I am today both physically and mentally if it wasn’t for Laurie’s interventions. I cannot recommend her enough!

Written on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with Laurie for 1 month

Even though my daughter has only had a few sessions with Laurie and I’ve only met with her once I really feel that she is a good fit for my daughter . I love that Laurie uses creativity (eg drawing) as part of her therapy. Laurie also has a lovely sense of humour.

Written on Jan 03, 2023 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is very down to earth and non-judgmental which I love

Written on Dec 08, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

I only have had one session so far, but Laurie seemed understanding, compassionate and wise. I look forward to working with her further.

Written on Dec 07, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

When I started teen counseling I was really going through a lot. I honestly wasn’t sure it was going to be helpful. But thankfully I was paired with Laurie! She’s been so helpful, I’ve learned different ways to cope with my problems and she’s an amazing listener. She’s helped me gain my self-esteem back and learn a lot about my self. Laurie truly is amazing, welcoming, understanding, and most of all caring. 10/10 recommend!

Written on Dec 05, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

Working with Laurie has been an excellent experience. She is creative and brings her personality forward, which helps encourage my own openness. Laurie is prompt in her responses and availability, and shows that she really cares. It felt like hanging out with a friend, complete with sharing stories, jokes, and being relaxed together. Sometimes that made it difficult to focus on what I was working through. With only 45 minutes per week, it's a tough balance between comfort and progress. Overall I would highly recommend Laurie, above all because of how much she cares.

Written on Nov 29, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Laurie is kind, thoughtful, inquisitive and intelligent. She is very welcoming and warm and understanding as well as compassionate. I feel like she understands me and if she doesn’t she will seek clarification.

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 Nov 10, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Really enjoying the conversation.

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 Oct 02, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Laurie is wonderful. She was able to make me feel comfortable in our first session by sharing her experiences but also diving into mine.

Written on Sep 30, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Laurie is awesome and she gives you a different take on how to handle things

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 Sep 12, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and adhd

Today is my second session therapy with Laurie and I feel so good talking to her; is like if I know her for a long time. I have gained self confidence to make different choices for myself. Laurie is the best. I learned that I have control in my life. This is excellent for me, God sent me an Angel in the most needed time.
Thank you Laurie!

Written on Sep 04, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

I really think Laurie is accurate professional and humourous

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 28, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 months on issues concerning self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Laurie holds space and brings a really beautiful sense of kindness and compassion. I end every session, regardless of how raw it may have been, feeling grateful, heard and a little more healed.

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

Excellent counselor.

Written on Jul 13, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life cha

Laurie is an experienced therapist with a breadth of knowledge

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

Written on Jul 07, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

I was a little anxious about starting therapy, but knew it was a necessity in my life at the moment. Laurie was a good fit from the moment I read her profile and I look forward to interacting with her every day!

Written on Jun 09, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Couldn't be more grateful for a therapist like Laurie. Its so easy to talk to her. She really listens and I enjoy our conversations. So helpful for the grief and life changes I've been going through.

Written on Jun 05, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

I really enjoy my sessions!

Written on Jun 02, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders

Laurie has been incredibly understanding and helpful. She was able to find the root cause of my issues and provided a road map to help me overcome them. Highly recommend!!!

Written on May 29, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

First steps in therapy and Laurie makes it seamless. Excited to continue this work with her

Written on May 24, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She’s an awesome therapist who knows how to make the session fun and direct your thoughts in a positive direction rather than a negative one

Written on May 24, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Laurie is awesome! She’s a quick read and in just one session, she had me pegged. Bright, intuitive, highly creative, and very empathetic, she made some great observations of me. I feel comfortable working with her and sharing deep feelings and issues. Good therapists are not a dime a dozen. Laurie is a cut above the rest. Go see her!

Written on May 20, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Laurie understands and supports me in the best way. She is caring and thoughtful and genuinely concerned about my well-being. I love talking to her about literally everything. I would recommend her to anyone!

Work with me!