Laura McDaniel, AMFT

Associate Marriage Family Therapist

Are you worried about your child? Are they struggling with social, emotional or behavioral difficulties? Reaching out for help is the first step. I am here to help your child. I have experience working with children in both therapeutic and academic settings. I have a relaxed, easygoing demeanor and quickly build rapport with children, as trust is the first step toward building a strong therapeutic relationship. Ultimately, I believe the relationship is what heals and the child intrinsically knows how to and has the capacity to heal. As such, healing relationships provide new models of interaction with people, demonstrating that others will help and can be trusted.

Laura McDaniel, AMFT

Associate Marriage Family Therapist


(760) 453-7175



Professional Credentials

Licenses & Certifications

  • Associate Marriage Family Therapist
  • Certified Registered Yoga Teacher RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance (Vinyasa)

education background

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Humanities from Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from the University of Southern California

Professional Experience

  • Laura has 5 years experience working with children. She is currently a school counselor for Carlsbad Unified School District, and previously for Oceanside Unified School District. Laura has also served as an elementary school behavior interventionist and an academic specialist supporting students with learning differences and social emotional difficulties.
Laura specializes in treating children ages 5-12. She can help your child with:

  • Bullying, biting, and temper tantrums
  • Depression, shyness, and anxiety
  • Aggression, sibling rivalry, and acting out
  • Social Issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce
  • Process confusing experiences
  • Trauma and crisis
  • Sexualized behavior
  • ADHD


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