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Listening to oneself, one breath at a time...


Laurel Connell LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Hello! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma, grief, loss and the many emotions that arise with profound life experiences. Clients find me when they are on a threshold or in the midst of a life transition. I have an extensive background in working with women's issues, which can include pregnancy, postpartum, parenthood, beginning or ending a relationship, grief and loss, mourning what was lost or what was never had in one's life...  With an integrative approach that combines Eastern and Western psychology, I help clients to bridge the experiences of the body, mind and heart, leading to greater emotional capacity and regulation.



Services Offered

In person or Telehealth

Individual Psychotherapy

Nervous System Support 

TRE - Tension and Trauma Release Exercises

I offer psychotherapy sessions that are unique to each individual. Each session is a blend of dialogue as well as learning about your own body and how your nervous system works.


When clients first find me, common symptoms that we work with are:







And, quite often, a feeling of being stuck

 Often, with chronic stress, trauma, or any experience that just feels like too much, our body can get stuck in physiological survival states that impede our ability to grow and thrive in our lives. We work together to build awareness and unwind physical, cognitive and emotional patterns that may no longer be serving you. And this helps to create movement and growth. 

We work together to learn about your own unique nervous system. This is so important as our body is always on the look out for threat and danger, whether we realize it or not. This is about bringing awareness and learning to work with your body, not against it. Our work together supports you in being in your body and experiencing your life in a fulfilling way. 

I am a certified TRE provider. TRE, Tension and Trauma Release Exercises, is a body based technique I teach and offer to my clients and to those who are not my clients, and who just want to learn the practice without entering into therapy. To find out more, please refer to the TRE page of my site.

I offer a kind and warm approach, weaving in mindfulness, self compassion and gentle, body based techniques that you can take into your life to support yourself.


Get In Touch

Feel free to reach out for more information or to schedule an appointment. I offer 20 minute complimentary consultations by phone or telehealth. 

Phone: (805) 570-0636

Thank You for Reaching Out!

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