Discover your healing place



Trust yourself, your body, and your inner wisdom again


Hi, my name is Laurie Phuong Ertley, and I am a licensed psychotherapist (MFT#85042).    

My message to you is that you can feel better again.  My life’s journey has been to engage with the most powerful healing practices, such as Somatic Psychotherapy, to treat life's most difficult challenges.  I'm a Certified Advanced Practitioner of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and an Attachment-Focused EMDR therapist.

Life's challenges are designed for you to grow.  I believe healing occurs on many levels: in your heart, mind, body, family, and spirit.  Talk alone is not enough. Come discover how your body, your relationships, and your spiritual life can inform and aid you on your path to wellness.  

I invite you to schedule a free consultation. Let's begin this healing journey together. 









735 Montgomery St.

Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111




To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.  ~ Douglas Adams

                                                         This is a dog-friendly office. 

Services Overview



Therapy Sessions

Providing culturally-sensitive individual, couples, and family counseling.  

My office is conveniently located in the Financial District in San Francisco.

Consider therapy in the privacy of your home via video-conferencing.  I am listed on RingMD.  

Treatment specialization includes:

  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • Couples Counseling
  • Trauma Resolution
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Enhance Body Intelligence

Life can feel unpredictable and disorienting.  Your breathing may be shallow and you feel tense.  Perhaps you're alienated from your body.  

The Feldenkrais Method is a way to awaken your nervous system, so you can feel powerful again.  Through simple and gentle movements, you can access pleasure in movement, whether it's in the simple act of breathing, relaxing, or sex. 

I'm a Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, happy to take you to the next level of body-mind awareness.  



Featured here with Dr. Stephen Porges, author of Polyvagal Theory at the Somatic Psychology Conference in Berkeley, Ca September 23-25, 2017.

Watch my free video on how to manage anxiety and feel more present in your life through grounding exercises. 





1) What is your rate?  

My rate is $180/50-minute session for individuals and $200/50-minute rate for couples and families.  These are standard rates in the Financial District of San Francisco for a licensed mental health professional with 10+ years of experience.   I have 18 years of experience in the field, including work at family therapy and addiction clinics.  My expertise has garnered me speaking opportunities at professional psychology conferences, training institutes, and graduate schools.  

Longer session fees are commensurate with time allotted.


  2) Why aren’t you on insurance panels?

Insurance company values and client values conflict.  Clients want the best care for their money, while insurance companies want to spend the least amount of money per service.  Insurance panels are a viable resource for individuals and families with financial hardship.  The old adage applies in mental health as elsewhere in the marketplace: You get what you pay for.

The option that accounts for both quality and value is out-of-network reimbursements.  Clients receive the highest quality care, and the insurance makes it affordable. Deductible amounts vary. 

Here’s how it works: Clients pay regular fees.  I then provide them with a  statement to submit to their insurance.  Insurance reimburses them a percentage of the cost.  With this option, savvy consumers take advantage of their employee benefits and receive the expert care they deserve.  

3) What is the frequency of treatment?  

In the mental health profession, standard of care is weekly.  Studies show that in order for therapy to be effective, clients must engage in it once a week.  My 18 years of experience has corroborated this finding.  If you're results-driven, weekly counseling is the recommendation.


4) Is online counseling as effective as in-person counseling?  

My experience has shown that this varies upon the person and the issue we’re addressing.  Online counseling is a viable alternative for people with heavy travel schedules or for those not located in San Francisco. Video platforms such as Zoom allow for continuity of care.  As stated before, standard of care is weekly at the minimum for best results.  


5) How does your training and experience match my issues? 

In my 18 years of practice, I’ve helped clients with the following issues:


  • Social skills 

  • Relational/marital conflict

  • Work performance 

  • Anxiety

  • Sex and intimacy 

  • Trauma recovery

  • Addiction recovery

  • Grief 

  • Life transition: new job, new baby,  relocation, job loss

  • Coming out 

  • Chronic pain

  • Depression

  • Cultural identity

  • Adults with childhood abuse

I didn’t list personal growth, because that’s the outcome of good therapy, no matter the issue.  


5) Are you LGBTQ-friendly?

Absolutely.  My office is in San Francisco, because respect and celebration of diversity is a core value of mine.  I strive to create a safe space for all my clients and am well positioned to address the effects of systemic oppression on mental health. 

6) How do you work?   

Mindfulness is a cornerstone tool in my practice.  I’m an active presence in your therapy, equipping you with new tools for mastery.  I've spent 6 years in post graduate studies earning my advanced certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.  It’s a modality rooted in neuroscience and attachment theories.  I’m currently enrolled in a 3-year certification program for Somatic Experiencing

A unique competence is my 23- year background in Zen meditation.  In 2017, I completed a month-long training at a Zen monastery in Okayama, Japan.  I also embody 14 years of experience teaching yoga and 22 years of practice.  In 2015, I completed a 4-year training in the Feldenkrais method.  

Continuing education is a core value of mine, and that adds up to more impact, better value, and results for my clients.  


7) Your question not listed here? 

Schedule a free phone chat to ask all of your questions.  If you’re shy, email works too.