Dr. Laura

Dr. Laura Ruaro 
is currently accepting new clients for one-on-one, virtual psychotherapy as well as new couples for couple’s counseling.

Dr. Laura Ruaro
Licensed Psychologist both in California (PSY 29974) and in the United Kingdom (PYL30741)
Professional Doctorate (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology from London Metropolitan University 
Completed a Postgraduate Fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Wright Institute in Los Angeles, CA
Bilingual in English & Italian

About Me

I specialize in perinatal psychology and am especially passionate about preparing individuals and couples for the often-challenging transition to parenthood. I provide support to parents while promoting a healthy relationship between baby and caregivers. I also often work with individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma symptoms, and bereavement and/or who are going through relationship difficulties and life transitions.

I am fluent in both Italian and English, and I understand Spanish as well. Having lived in a variety of different countries, I can help others to explore the impact of migration and to navigate the unique challenges of acculturation and interracial, intercultural, & interfaith marriages.  

My Approach to Psychotherapy

I work with adults, couples and families from the psychodynamic perspective — looking at the deep relational dynamics that are in the way of people moving forward and living a meaningful and fulfilled life. I have experience working with a wide range of issues including the following: depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, bereavement, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. In addition to approaching mental health from a psychodynamic perspective, I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which I fid to be especially helpful for the treatment of symptoms of Panic Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Additionally, I am trained in and in Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR), which is used most often for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

My Approach to Couple’s Counseling

I work with couples from the psychoanalytic perspective, looking at how each partner’s deep wounds can be healed within the context of the relationship.  I help couples communicate authentically, so that their intimacy deepens. In my work with inter-racial and inter-cultural couples, I help them to better understand their respective identities. I also help couples prepare for and manage the transition to parenthood. For couples further into the parenting journey, I help parents become more aware of how their respective histories can impact their parenting styles. 

So you can learn more about my services and make sure we’re a great fit, I offer free consultations over the phone or via live video chat.

Video Sessions

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In the age of FaceTime and Skype, the idea of being “face-to-face” with another person digitally is now fairly commonplace. We offer individual psychotherapy and life coaching through a secure video conferencing system.

Phone Sessions

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Most clients seek to be “seen” in a figurative sense, but not everyone wants to be seen (literally) during a therapy session. Phone counseling allows clients to focus on their thoughts and emotions without worrying about their physical appearance.

In-Person Sessions (not currently available)

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In-person services are provided at the client’s home, the provider’s office, or another location of your choosing.

To schedule your initial consultation, complete the contact form (below) and begin your journey of healing and personal growth.

On our contact form, please mention that you are interested in setting up a consultation with Dr. Laura.

Contact us to schedule your initial consultation.

Begin your journey today 🌱