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Laura Swanson, MSW, ASW

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

License: Associate Clinical Social Worker License # 104332 


Education: Master of Social Work, Chico State

Expertise: Identity formation, Emotional Health, LQBTQIA+ specific issues, Perinatal Mental Health

Currently Working With: Children and Adolescents (ages 5-18), Adults (ages 18+)

Supervisor: Emma Todd, MSW, LCSW

Treatment Areas:

Modalities & Approaches Include:

  • Anxiety, Panic & Stress Disorders

  • Communication Issues

  • Depression & Mood Disorders

  • Family of Origin/ Family of Choice Issues

  • Gender & Sexuality

  • Grief & Loss

  • Identity Formation

  • Life Transitions

  • Perinatal/ Postpartum Mood Disruption

  • Trauma, Abuse, DV, IPV, PTSD

  • Relationship Concerns

  • Sleep Issues

  • Unique issues arising from identifying as LGBTQIA+ in our society

  • Body-Mind-Spirit Integration

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy

  • Cultural Relational Theory Methods

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Harm Reduction

  • Intersectional & Holistic Approach

  • Mindfulness & Meditation

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Non-violent Communication

  • Self-Care Skill Building

  • Social Justice Focused

  • Strengths-Based & Person-Centered Approach

  • Polyvagal Theory Methods

  • Psychoeducation

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Trauma-Responsive Approach

My Story

It can be incredibly daunting to start therapy – my hope is to make that process as comfortable, safe, and welcoming as possible. The fact that you are taking the brave (and often overwhelming) step of looking for a therapist is something to be proud of.

I am honored to work with children and adults of all ages who are experiencing a variety of challenges such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, behavioral difficulties, grief/loss, and more. I also specialize in supporting individuals and families who are struggling with perinatal and/or postpartum mental health, infertility, and other reproductive challenges. With a background as a doula and as the owner of a perinatal care collective, I bring my expertise, understanding, and compassion to the clients that I have the pleasure of working with.

I work collaboratively with clients to identify their specific challenges as well as their goals, dreams, hopes, and strengths. I strongly believe that the client and therapist are equals – I cultivate a therapeutic space in which the client feels empowered and safe. Within my practice, I utilize an eclectic treatment approach, which allows me to tailor my style specifically to each unique person that I work with. Depending on the client’s needs, I may utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Child-Focused Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Nature-Focused Therapy, and more! My goal, as well as the goal of each of these treatment orientations, is to help clients feel more free, whole, safe, comfortable, and fulfilled.

I am passionate about making therapy accessible, equitable, inclusive, and anti-oppressive. I create a therapeutic space in which clients feel free to express themselves exactly as they are.

Schedule with Laura Today!

(530) 212-0266

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