About Me & My Counseling Practice

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Laura Venable, MA
Licensed Marriage
& Family Therapist

Our EXTERNAL journey (the facts and events in our life) will often take us on, what appears to be, a detour. I believe that it is attention to our INTERNAL journey, our responses and adaptions to these “detours,” that shape our heart and character and provide hope in the midst of life’s challenges.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2001, my commitment is to come along side you and offer you compassionate guidance as you navigate the particular challenges on your life journey. These challenges may include: relationship strain, parent-child issues, struggles with food and weight (eating disorders), worry, learning to effectively adapt to life changes and transitions (illness, loss and grief, divorce, empty nest) and the discovery of positive means to effectively manage depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder. I am also ready to help you look at your issues through the lens of Christian faith, should you desire that to be an integral part of your healing process.

I welcome the opportunity to work with adults, adolescents and children. I have a particular passion for helping to restore struggling marriages and guiding partners to a deeper level of relational health and satisfaction. In addition, my experience as a special education teacher and parenting of my own three (now adult) children, paved the way for my enjoyment and dedication to working with children. I have created a number of therapeutic games and activities and utilize art to help young clients grow through their special challenges which may include: coping with parent’s divorce, ADHD, anxiety, and behavioral and social struggles. I also work closely with parents and offer parenting guidance.

I have provided outpatient counseling since 1994. First, as an intern at The San Juan Unified School District’s White House Counseling Center, next on staff with Meier/ New Life Clinics, and currently in private practice with Gold River Christian Counseling Associates. Please feel free to contact me on my voice mail number: 916. 492.7900. I will be happy to chat further with you regarding your needs and your concerns!

Availability and Medical Insurance

I am available MTW and Fridays and do offer early evening appointments. I will also schedule an occasional Saturday appointment, if needed.

I am a provider for MHN/ EAP, VALUE OPTIONS, and ACI. I am also happy to work with your insurance as an out-of-network provider.


Once we have sheduled an appointment you may download and complete the intake forms* and bring them with you to our first appointment. Or, if you prefer, you can arrive 10-15 minutes early and fill out the paperwork, which I will leave for you on a clipboard in our waiting room.