Laina James, Marriage and Family Therapist (Pre-Licensed) in California

Laina James, AMFT, M.A. Integral Counseling Psychology

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Welcome! I'm passionate about supporting my clients to navigate the turbulent waters of connection.

Most of us have experienced the pain of struggling to find consistency and fulfillment in our primary relationships. If you feel stuck in your relationship, notice that you keep engaging in the same frustrating cycles that don't foster the kind of connection you want, have the best intentions to communicate or show up a certain way but then struggle to follow through, I'd love to support you. Together we will identify where you get stuck, how you might be missing opportunities for connection and how you can shift to enjoy more closeness.

I deeply believe that our relationships, both past and present, live at the core of our deepest pain and our greatest joy. Because of this, I love working with couples (as well as non-traditional and non-monogamous relationship structures) and families, as it offers the chance to heal old wounds and change stuck relating patterns by having new, positive experiences.

I especially enjoy working with clients mindfully (present moment focused) and somatically (noticing what's happening in the physical body) as a way to identify, gauge, track and explore emotions, triggers and memories, as well as the flavor of connection between people, as it's happening in real time. I am also informed by IFS (Internal Family Systems), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), and NVC (Non-Violent Communication). If you think that we might work well together, please reach out. I look forward to meeting you!

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Somatic Therapy

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$85.00 - $120.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Marriage and Family Therapist (Pre-Licensed)
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
California Institute of Integral Studies
M.A. Integral Counseling Psychology