Laura Ostrow, Licensed Psychotherapist # 83691

A little about me…

I was 19 when my mother died, and my whole world was turned upside down. Nothing was the way I thought it would be. All I wanted was to be happy but I had no idea, and no examples, of what that looked like. Since then, I have devoted my entire adult life to pursuing that one goal: Figuring out my “happiness strategy”. Now, my goal is to support you so together we can explore YOUR strategy. I am inspired to help you discover the power you have to control your own happiness, regardless of your past. With an informal and engaging style, I enjoy building authentic connections with my clients. I truly believe laughter is the best medicine, and tears are a necessary part of the healing process. Having found meaning in a non-traditional path in life, I am passionate in supporting others in following their own unique form of bliss as well.

With a trauma informed and culturally sensitive lens, I have addressed a wide range of issues and psychiatric disorders including women’s issues, grief and loss, trauma, stress management, PTSD, depression and anxiety. I have helped numerous people navigate the challenges of daily living, freeing themselves from destructive patterns and negtive beliefs. I am dedicated to helping you improve the quality of your relationships, and find balance in how you approach your life no matter what phase of life you are in.

Training and Education

I attended the University of California at Santa Cruz as an undergraduate and received my masters’ degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University in 2009. Since then I have worked in various community based organizations serving diverse populations including hospice, inpatient drug treatment, day treatment program for dually diagnosed people and a foster family agency. For several years I worked specifically with people recovering from opiate addiction where I strengthened my skills, knowledge and confidence in helping people develop healthy coping mechanisms to replace addictive behaviors through motivational interviewing, mindfulness and relationship based therapy.

I have completed an EMDRIA approved EMDR training program and I now offer these services to people interested in using this highly effective tool to overcome and resolve trauma. Training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) has also proven immesely helpful in coping with anxiety which clients can practice on their own and in my office.