Laura Calnan


Laura Calnan


Professions: Counselor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 24626
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage


12402 Ventura Blvd.
2nd Floor
Studio City, California 91604
12214 Riverside Dr.
Valley Village, California 91607

My Approach to Helping

My goal in therapy is to facilitate self-exploration in an attempt to heal and make sense of difficult situations, emotional states and relationships. I do this by providing a safe space in which to explore, free of judgments and agendas. My desire is to be with you wherever you are at in your life and help you find your own direction toward well-being and self-acceptance. Through my unconditional acceptance of you I help you gain self-acceptance.

Your thoughts and feelings create chemical patterns in your brain. Many of us get stuck in particular patterns just like grooves in a record and we never get out of those patterns. Through work in therapy we can create new grooves that result in different responses to the situations, emotions and relationships of life. The aim of therapy is to develop an awareness of our cognitive, behavioral and emotional patterns so that we can have the power to change them.

I have extensive experience working with adolescents and parents through the various stages of development.

I have a particular interest and strength working with adolescents and adults suffering from anxiety and depression.

I also have a comprehensive understanding of the addiction and recovery process and the deeper work on self that is often necessary for long-term, sustained sobriety. I am steeped in Dr. Gabor Mate's current theories and treatment of all addictions, whether substance or process.

My role as a therapist is to help you have more choices in your life. I will give you tools and actions you can take that will help you make these choices.

More Info About My Practice

I offer two Groups:

Recovery Group
This is a non 12 step oriented group for people in recovery from any addiction whether substance related or process addiction. It is based on Dr. Gabor Mate's and Dr. Gordon Neufeld's current theories of addiction as developmentally based, maladaptive coping mechanisms to soothe or relieve a variety of emotions. This welcomes harm reduction and use of psychiatric medications. There is no judgement about where you are in the recovery process, only support to further deepen it and get you back to the authentic self you were born to be. I do not believe in labeling you as and addict or alcoholic. This is a low to no fee group.

Therapist Peer Support
Mutual peer support for therapists. This is not for consultations. The idea is to create a nonjudgmental space for therapists to seek and find support for the unique emotional challenges we face. Professionals often find they cannot freely express or explore what affects them in more traditional groups with non-peers. This is meant to address those needs. This is a no fee group.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I am skilled at working with symptoms of depression and anxiety because they appear so often. They are generally the jumping off point for exploring each individuals unique, deeper thoughts and meaning that contribute to the pain or difficulty in their life.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adolescents and Adults

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Voice Dialogue
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