Laina James

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT

She/Her/Hers

Verified by Psychology Today
4 Endorsed
(831) 215-3258

Laina James

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT

She/Her/Hers

Verified by Psychology Today
4 Endorsed

Location

700 Frederick Street
#103
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 215-3258
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About

Does the transition into adulthood feel confusing, scary, or overwhelming? Do you feel like there's something wrong with you, or like you should have more figured out by now? Maybe you find yourself longing for support and guidance to help you get clear about who YOU really are and what YOU really want? Perhaps the friends and family in your life, whether they’re well-meaning or too busy struggling with their own challenges, aren’t showing up in a way that actually feels helpful or inspiring to you as you try to navigate these big questions? Do you feel pressured to figure out everything on your own but it all feels like too much?
What if instead of feeling lost or confused, you had a compassionate guide to help you explore and make sense of both your inner and outer world? Imagine the relief of having someone on your team, dedicated to helping you discover what’s most important to you and then supporting you to take the steps to make your life look and feel how you want it to.
I specialize in working with young adults and would love to support you during this exciting and complicated time. When you’re ready to feel less overwhelmed and alone, I’m here to help. Send me a message today so we can schedule your first session and start moving you towards feeling more solid and centered in yourself and in your life.
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Laina James
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Finances

  • Cost per Session: $120 - $150
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Pay By: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Qualifications

  • Years in Practice: 4 Years
  • Prelicense: California / 114210
  • School: California Institute of Integral Studies
  • Year Graduated: 2019
  • Supervisor: Tim Hartnett
  • Supervisor License: California / 27228

Endorsements

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
"Laina brings a deeply engaged and empathic presence to her work as a therapist. She has a rare combination of sharp intellect and powerful intuition guiding her practice. I highly recommend Laina for those seeking healing and personal growth."

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
"Laina brings warmth and compassion to her work with clients. Her attunement is one of depth as well as of lightness, celebrating the whole person, and supporting individuals and couples towards their full potential."

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, PMH-C
"Laina is an amazing human being who brings incredible insight, warmth, safety, and clinical expertise to her work. I highly recommend Laina to anyone seeking healing and growth."

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
"Laina brings so much heart and authentic care to her clients. Her relaxed and friendly demeanor is complemented by a wide range of experience and skill."

Location

700 Frederick Street
#103
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 215-3258
Specialties
  • Young Adults
  • Life Coaching
  • Identity/Sense of Self
Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sex Therapy
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
Sexuality
  • LGBTQ+

Client Focus

Age
  • Adults
  • Teen
Communities
  • Body Positivity
  • Gay Allied
  • HIV / AIDS Allied
  • Intersex Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
  • Queer Allied
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Sex Worker Allied
  • Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
  • Transgender Allied

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Eclectic
  • Ecotherapy
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Relational
  • Somatic
  • Strength-Based
  • Transpersonal
Modality
  • Individuals
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022
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Laina James

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT