Laura Katz (She/Her)

Marriage and Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
 therapist: Laura Katz,
In-Person in Santa Monica, CA 90405
Online in California
As the child of a Holocaust survivor, working with multigenerational trauma has been a powerful experience, both personally and professionally. I know first-hand that healing can be achieved through therapy with someone who understands the depth and complexity of inherited family trauma.

Client Focus

Session Format: Couple, Family, Individual sessions.
Age Specialty: Adolescent, Adult, Elder, Young Adult
Languages: English

Treatment Approach

  • Brainspotting
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Family Systems
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic
Approach Description: My approach is uniquely tailored to each client depending on individual needs. I primarily use a combination of psychodynamic and somatic work, weaving together insight into the past, its influence on the present, and current body awareness. My goal is that we rework expired patterns of thinking and behavior, unravel trauma stored in the body and create new ways of functioning that generate optimal well-being.

Education & Credentials

Laura Katz MA, LMFT
  • Female
  • License # LMFT 116751
  • Licensed in California
  • Practicing Since 2018
Education: I have a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University


  • Average Session Fee 225
  • Affordable sliding scale therapy: apply if you may be eligible.
  • I offer sliding scale sessions on a case by case basis
  • Out of Network

Laura Katz Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Available Online for residents of California
  • Online Therapy Details: Online therapy is conducted via Zoom or FaceTime
Laura Katz Practice Description
Signs of multigenerational trauma can vary from person to person, but here are some factors that might indicate inherited trauma has impacted your life. 1. Feeling disconnected from other people: You might experience emotional distance in relationships, keeping people at arms length as a way to protect yourself from potential loss 2. Hypervigilance: You may feel the need to continually look for signs of threat, even visualizing disastrous outcomes in a way that interferes with your ability to feel safe and in the present moment. 3. Hyperindependence: As a child, you may have received covert messages telling you that your needs were unimportant, or that your parents’ needs outweighed your own. In response to these unmet needs, you may have learned to stop asking for help, knowing that if you asked, help would not come. You may have even been praised as a child for how well you were able to handle things or take care of yourself, albeit at an early age. 4. Difficulty forming secure attachments: Inherited trauma can impact our sense of trust in others, thereby affecting our relationships. This may show up as persistent worry about relationships, temperature-taking, a constant need for reassurance, ambivalence toward intimacy, avoidance of conflict, or trouble expressing needs, among others. 5. Problems with memory: Trauma inhibits the formation and recall of memory. As such, you may experience memory gaps or difficulty recalling specific events, especially in childhood. 6. Dissociation : You may sometimes feel numb and disconnected from your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. As children, you may have needed to shut down parts of you in order to survive.

Practice Overview

3301 Ocean Park Boulevard
Available both in-person and online
6 Years Experience
Couple, Family, Individual

Driving Directions

The building is located at the corner of 33rd street and Ocean Park Blvd in suite 206 on the second floor

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