Lauren Funiestas,M.A., LMFT

Lauren Funiestas,M.A., LMFT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 121004
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: $185 per 50 minute virtual therapy session
Free Initial Consultation


Concord, California 94533

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My Approach to Helping

This protective space is intended to support the Filipino, Asian American & Pacific Islander community in connecting with their authentic emotional and spiritual selves.

In my therapy practice, many of my clients come to me with histories of sexual assault, childhood emotional neglect and the intergenerational trauma of living under systems of oppression (Capitalism, White Supremacy and Patriarchy).

My clients experience symptoms of depression, anxiety and have trouble maintaining meaningful honest relationships with others. They tend to have overwhelming feelings of self-doubt, low self worth and may even experience suicidal thoughts or have a history of self harm.

As therapy progresses, my clients are able to tap into the transformational power of their emotions, increase their level of self-awareness and feel more confident when expressing their needs and setting boundaries with loved ones.

More Info About My Practice

My healing practice is founded in Indigenous Filipino Psychology and Western Transpersonal + Integral modalities that value the mind-body-spirit connection. I utilize interventions inspired by Depth Psychology (shadow work + inner child healing) + Psychodynamic & Attachment Theory (relational and family work) and a commitment to Social Justice (decolonization).

Healing from trauma looks differently for everyone. While talking about how we have been impacted by horrific experiences can be helpful, trauma survivors often lack basic regulation skills and depth of insight to cope with everyday triggers. A trauma informed approach recognizes that establishing safety within the body is key to healing from emotional, physical and spiritual trauma.

Cannabis medicine has many benefits for people struggling with depression, anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain. Although cannabis use might not be the best coping strategy for everyone dealing with mental health issues, I am a cannabis-friendly practitioner who can work with you on finding a way to integrate cannabis medicine into your healing practice.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Talking to your loved ones about mental health is hard, especially if you come from a culture that does not have an understanding of or trust in the American mental health system. In therapy, you can learn how to set boundaries with family members, translate the language of modern mental health and have hard conversations with your family about intergenerational trauma issues.

As human beings, we learn how to relate to one another by observation. Many of the unhealthy relationship strategies we learned from our parents can manifest in our adult relationships. In therapy, you can learn how attachment styles impact your ability to relate to your partner, improve communication and avoid repeating cycles of abusive behavior in relationships.

Research shows that individuals who know and understand their individual purpose within the collective design have a higher quality of life. Understanding your core values and knowing your ?Why?? for doing what you do will help to strengthen your mental health needs. In therapy, a spiritual practice of self reflection can deepen your connection to your Inner being and the world around you.

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Groups I Work With

    I love working with women who identify as Asian, Pacific Islander or Filipino. My specialty is helping mothers and sexual assault survivors heal generational trauma through truth telling, setting boundaries and engaging in acts of self care.

    Virtual therapy services are available for clients residing anywhere in California.

    Group offerings and workshops are available to APIF women worldwide.

Industries & Communities Served


Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Individuation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Self Psychology

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