Telehealth Therapy

Mental health counseling sometimes requires a re-thinking of how to provide healthcare, specifically so patients feel more comfortable seeking help. This can include developing new ways to deliver care to people; telehealth is one of those ways. Through the use of current technology, we can now improve access to care for people who live in...

Couples Communication Skills

One of the most important foundations for a healthy relationship is communication.  It can also be one of the hardest parts about being in one!   You might think there are only a few ways to communicate as a couple; however, there are a wide variety of mistakes a couple can make. Couples with communication issues...

Stress Management Techniques

Stress is a part of life.  We can experience long term stress through something like our careers or school, or something short term such as a project or a temporary family responsibility.  As you might imagine, this can seriously affect our health, but there is a way to manage stress using the proper tools and...

Laura Schairer

Dr. Schairer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has been providing therapy to clients for over 5 years. Dr. Schairer has extensive experience working with individuals and couples. She also spent three of her training years providing psychotherapy in VA hospitals. In addition to providing treatment for common issues in veterans such as relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress, and PTSD, Dr. Schairer also received specialized training in health psychology. She has helped many clients adjust to medical illness, including multiple sclerosis, cancer, renal failure, acute injury, loss of limbs, and spinal cord injury (among others).

Dr. Schairer generally works from a cognitive behavioral perspective which integrates elements of other highly effective therapies, including dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness. Dr. Schairer has specific training in motivational interviewing, a widely researched method for helping people achieve behavior change (e.g. stopping smoking) as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for sexual dysfunction, insomnia, and chronic pain. She also has experience helping people behaviorally manage chronic diseases such as diabetes. She is able to provide Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for clients with PTSD. Dr. Schairer graduated from Yeshiva University in New York City with a PhD in Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis. She recently moved to San Diego and has become an active member of the San Diego Psychological Association.

“I feel honored to be able to sit with people through some of the most difficult experiences of their lives and help them navigate their way through those experiences in a way that lines up with their values so they can become the best versions of themselves.”

Candice Beaton

Candice Beaton is an associate clinical social worker who brings her passion for helping and empowering others to her practice. Candice has been in the mental health and social work field for over 5 years where she has gained experience working with civilians and veterans alike. She has counseled clients with post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety throughout her work at the VA and various other treatment settings.

Candice received her Masters of Social Work from Boston University where her focus was on mental health, veterans, and trauma focused treatment. Candice implements evidenced based therapies into her practice including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

“There are always a million reasons to not do something that you know can change your life for the better. When you make that difficult choice to improve your life, I will be there to help guide and support you.”

*Candice Beaton practices under the license and supervision of Kendra Penski, LCSW 27142