Dr. Laura D. Wiedeman

Napa Valley Psychologist

©2019 Laura Wiedeman, PsyD. All rights reserved.

About Me

My Approach

In the therapeutic relationship, I strive to be warm, collaborative, and genuine.

This means I am honest and direct while also being compassionate and understanding. I work well with clients who are willing to take risks and be vulnerable in their self-reflection and those who are open to trying new approaches to address areas of concern.

My therapeutic approach has a foundation in science, emphasizing evidence-based approaches to help you overcome problems and live a more peaceful and fulfilling life. Therapy is also personalized. There is no "one size fits all" approach to helping you because your circumstances, just like you, are unique.

I show you how to listen to your underlying needs, how to leverage your strengths to ease your suffering, and how to clarify what is important to you to make decisions based on your values.

I encourage you to reach out to discuss how we might be able to work together to help you achieve your goals — contact me today to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation.

My Training & Experience

I am a licensed clinical psychologist (California License PSY26875) in Napa, California. I earned my master's and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. My dissertation research focused on understanding how couples deepen their emotional connection to one another and collaboratively work together to face problems as a team.

During my clinical training years, 2006-2012, I worked in a wide range of settings that included community mental health clinics, the University of Southern California (USC) student counseling center, the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System, and Cedars Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills, California. I completed my doctoral internship at the Hines VA Hospital in suburban Chicago, Illinois in 2012.

Since 2012, I have worked as a staff psychologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs where I specialize in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). From 2012-2015, I functioned as the PTSD-Substance Use Disorder specialist at the Hines VA Hospital. In 2015, I transferred to the Northern California VA Healthcare System where I currently serve as the PTSD Telehealth Lead, tasked with developing a program to provide PTSD services to veterans across Northern California who would not otherwise have access to specialty treatments for PTSD.

Starting in 2019, I opened my Napa Psychology practice, where I specialize in providing evidence-based couples therapy and treatment of trauma & PTSD.

  • My approach to couples therapy is based on the Gottman Method (in which I have completed Level 1 and Level 2 training) and is influenced by my doctoral research in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. Learn more about my services for couples, including pre-martial counseling.

  • I have extensive experience providing gold standard treatments for PTSD: Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). I am considered a national "VA provider" in both treatments. I have published research on PTSD treatment effectiveness and have provided training, supervision, and consultation to clinicians in the use of these treatments. Learn more about my services for individuals with trauma and PTSD.