Laila Ayyoub LCSW, LICSW

My name is Laila. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been employed as a therapist or counselor for over 30 years, in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. These include work in child welfare, addiction services, medical social work and mental health. I have extensive experience working with individuals who deal with complex medical problems including infectious disease, maternal and child health, oncology and chronic pain. My passion and primary focus for the past 12 years has been working with adults who are coping with the present-day impact of unresolved traumatic experiences.

Treatment Orientation

All people are one of a kind, but in this one regard we are alike: All of us come from a personal history and context: A past that got us through to where we are now. And is where all the choices and opportunities exist. Some things we may want to change, other things we may choose to accept as they are. Therapy can help explore and clarify which is which. Therapy can also offer some things you may need to go forward with your personal choices: Hope, perspective and someone who believes in you while you practice believing in yourself.

I’ve been a therapist for over three decades, so I’ve learned several effective ways to help. In addition to insight-oriented talk therapy, I view mind-body oriented therapy modalities as a particularly clear way to understand emotions and experiences. Some of these modalities include: EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Energy Psychology, Biofeedback and

I provide individual therapy to adults who may be experiencing:

  • Depression and mood disorders, including perinatal mood disorders
  • Infertility
  • Anxiety, panic, worries, stress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Complex developmental trauma
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Difficulties with adjustment to life circumstances
  • Difficulties with negative self/body image
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Relational issues
  • Difficulties with managing chronic pain and complex medical diagnoses


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Levels 1 and 2 – completed 2019
Biofeedback and Neurofeedback training – completed 2018
Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner – completed 2017
Heart-Centered Clinical Hypnosis with The Wellness Institute – completed 2017
Certification in Trauma Studies with the Justice Research Institute – completed 2016
EMDR International Association Certification – completed 2015
University of California Los Angeles MA Social Welfare (MSW) – 1987
Loyola Marymount University MA Creative Arts Therapies: Dance/Movement Therapy – 1983
University of Washington BS Psychology – 1978
LCSW License Number: L4558 Oregon
LICSW License Number: LW 60629170
Pronouns: she/her/hers