Laura Tolle, LMFT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Laura Tolle, LMFT San Jose Palo Alto CBT Anxiety Autism Social Skills Depression Panic OCD

Location: San Jose & Palo Alto

  • Anxiety, Stress, Depression
  • Autism Spectrum & Social Skills
  • Behavioral Challenges with Kids
  • Parenting Help, School Refusal
  • Ages: Children, Teens, Adults

Special Interests:

  • Parenting Help
  • Autism Spectrum & Social Skills

Certifications

  • Trauma Focused CBT

Experience 5+ Years

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Laura is a compassionate, engaging therapist who combines her love for working with children and families with her experience and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and parenting strategies. With her help, parents will gain skills to better engage with their children, understand their needs, more effectively respond to disruptive behaviors, and ultimately improve their bond with one another.

Individuals struggling with autism spectrum disorders or struggling with social interactions will benefit from Laura’s experience in providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to children with Spectrum disorders and behavioral challenges. Individual adults also benefit from Laura’s direct, yet compassionate approach wherein they will be encouraged, through CBT approaches, to transform their thoughts and actions that are causing them anxiety, depression, or stress related distress.

Laura graduated with honors from University of Redlands and received her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University.

What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.