• Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Relationship Coach




    "No time like

    the present to

    work sh!t out"

    -Beastie Boys

  • S P E C I A L I T I E S

    Things I work with especially well.

    Emotion/mood Dysregulation










    panic attacks

    intrusive thoughts

    mood swings

    Partners Therapy

    partners conflict



    divorce/ breakup

    intimacy issues


    trust building

    dating anxiety

    attachment style
    sex drive

    LGTBQ+ Allied

    Kink Affirmative

    partners therapy

    sexual identity

    queer culture

    coming out

    gender identity

    gender transition

    gender dyshporia

    gender roles


    kink culture

    family rejection

    Adult Giftedness


    chronic cynicism

    twice exceptional




    low belongingness

    chronic boredom

    empathic overwhelm

    high sensitivity (HSP)


    moral outrage



    LMFTA Supervision

    emotion focused


    growth mindset

    scaffolding stance

    P.O.T.T approach

    case management

    career planning

    private practice

    personal goals

    work boundaries

    exploring a niche


    Relationship Coaching

    conflict - resolution
    co-parenting tools
    communication tools
    relationship building
    dating strategies
    family strategies
    personal confidence
    friendship tools
    social media
    virtual relationships
    work relationships


  • R E G I S T R A T I O N


    Ready to begin?

    To onboard, enter the client portal below and create a profile. Once registered in the client portal, you can create a journal, manage billing, schedule sessions, send chats, access your paperwork, and work towards your therapy goals.
    Virtual sessions will be held in the portal or via Psychology Today's Sessions platform. If you prefer a different platform, you may provide a link to therapist prior to each session.






    C O $ T


    • SLIDNG SCALE FEES: If you are unable to pay the default fee, you may apply for a reduced rate between $70-$100 per hour (first session is $100). Special rates available for graduate students studying mental health work and mental health professionals ($50 with documentation), as well as Open Path members ($60 with membership number). Free cancellation 24 hours prior to session, late cancel $35, same day cancellation or no shows are full session fee.
    • PAYMENT: fees for services are due at the time of service. Private pay only and all payments are out of pocket; PayPal, Zelle, Venmo, debit/credit, HSA accepted. NO INSURANCE ACCEPTED. Receipts are available for personal filing /reimbursement purposes upon request.
    • LEGAL FEES: Fees for services related to mental health legal/medical support (i.e., letters, court appearances, etc.) requested by clients are $200/hour, rush documentation of less than one week are an additional 35% of total invoice. Written consent is required for release of information, documents requested can be mailed for $15 via USPS. EXPERT WITNESS as an LMFT in TX on the behalf of legal council is $300 an hour, billed monthly to requesting entity.










    Lavelda Naylor MA LMFT-S DCC



    2186 Jackson Keller Rd, Ste 1054
    San Antonio, TX 78213


    B L O G

    NOTE: While these posts are not a substitute for therapy , the information is based on research articles, books, publications, and outcomes of client work across my years as a therapist. I hope these tools help you in some way.

    September 13, 2021
    Family of Origin (FOO) refers to our family system in childhood, our moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, etc. FOO  therapy involves tracing present-day issues back to family functioning.   EXAMPLE: Poor emotion processing around anger in you now  could come from FOO dynamics with high conflict...
    September 7, 2021 · 1
    When we experience emotional intensity, we need to go into the feeling (vent) or go away from the feeling (distract) to re-establish mental regulation and bring the intensity down a few notches. This post focuses on going towards feelings by 'letting off steam''-- commonly known as 'venting' --...
    What is an interdependent relationship? It is simply a relationship comprised of at least two mentally secure people who are intimately involved with each other in ways that preclude sacrificing themselves or compromising their values in harmful ways in favor of the whole.  Why is this...
    August 19, 2021
    Some years ago, I read a riviting post about friendship over the lifespan that I still use frequently to help clients with their social needs.  Since I refer to it so I often, I thought I would share the parts of the original post I have found so helpful both in my own life and the lives of my...
    August 5, 2021
    Did you know that at least 42 million Americans are dealing with generalized anxiety disorder? What is making us so anxious? Obviously genetics play a role, but what environmental factors might be contributing? In treatment, something that shows up a lot around anxiety  is disregulated emotions...
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  • M O D A L I T I E S

    What treatment modality is best for you?

    virtual therapy

    all sessions currently virtual

    Virtual therapy (video, phone, and/or chat) is an effective alternative to in-person therapy a for just about anyone: people who are comfortable with technology, have mobility issues, or are busy and dealing with time constraints. For such people, research shows outcomes of virtual therapy are not significantly different from in person therapy regardless of reason for attending or therapeutic approach. However, virtual therapy is NOT a good fit for small children, technology challenged, or actively suicidal clients. If you cannot find privacy for 45 minutes, virtual video/phone sessions may not work for you as confidentiality and privacy are critical components of therapy. HIPPA platforms offered for virtual video sessions are Client Portal, Psychology Today, and Zoom (if client initiated).



    individual therapy 

    just for you

    This modality focuses on the issues that a single client of any age brings to treatment: From chronic difficulties to challenging life events, even to just needing a listener - someone who doesn't judge and who can help generate new perspectives. Good candidates include just about anyone feeling stuck and unsatisfied with life, but examples are those struggling with a diagnosis, experiencing a life change, grief/loss, mood difficulties, etc. For this modality, I generally use a combination of systemic ideas, cognitive tools, and existential therapies to support your therapy goals. I also offer relationship coaching that targets issues specific to dating and/or parenting in a modern world.



    partner therapy

    plus a significant other

    This modality focuses on issues that occur between intimately connected persons. Issues range from poor communication to infidelity. Symptoms are identified within relationship characteristics, not an individual. Good candidates are partners who have more negative than positive interaction, trust issues, relationship stress or dissatisfaction, escalating conflict, poor communication, withdrawal from each other, separation talks, etc. For this modality, I generally use a combination of systemic ideas, attachment-focused dialogues, and cognitive behavioral tools to support your therapy goals.

    family therapy

    more than partners

    This modality focuses on the issues within a family system - members of our primary support group. Issues in families range from parental concerns, to life cycle changes, to family conflict. Symptoms are identified within the context of the family and treatment focuses on addressing family functioning as a whole, instead of on a single person and that person's issues. Good candidates include families with a high degree of conflict, regular/repetitive stress, ongoing developmental or health issues, families experiencing change, divorce, struggling with diagnosis , etc. For this modality, I generally use a combination of systemic psychoeducation, experiential, and cognitive behavioral tools to support group goals.

    group therapy

    more than you and yours

    This modality focuses on a singular, common issue and works off of the relational dynamics between people. Coping and interpersonal functioning can be improved by participating in such a group; through the sharing of struggles and common goals, group members share ideas and develop a sense of cohesiveness, often realizing they are not alone, which creates feelings of universality and renewed connection to humanity.



    Go here for next Mom's Connect About Autism (MOCAA) group.

  • S U P E R V I S I O N


    “Therapy is not a conversation; it is an experience.”

    – Dr. Harry Aponte


    My approach to supervision is one authored by Dr Harry Aponte called Person of the Therapist, or POTT, a systems view on being a therapist, which emphasizes the purposeful utilization of self in the moment, working with the flaws and strengths you as a therapist have developed along your journey to assist others on their journeys. You are in the room, so you are a resource!
    You can expect to uncover your 'personal themes' and influential narratives about wellness, as well as identify how your unique journey and community experiences matter to the work you do as a therapist. The goal is to enhance your self awareness and ability to hold space for all the selves in the room through connection and acceptance of our diversity. You have something special to give, let's find it!
    In addition, I am able to advise on how to start, grow and maintain a private practice in the state of TX. I am happy to share what I have learned along the way with you and watch you build your brand.


    SUPERVISION FEES: Supervision applicants residing in TEXAS can expect to pay $60 per individual ONLINE supervision session (weekly) and $30 per ONLINE group (monthly) supervision session if accepted as an LMFT-A under my license. If you think we might be a good fit, please submit a cover letter about your clinical interests in working with me, your resume/CV (with references), and graduate school transcript below. I will get back to you to schedule an interview. 
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  • S O C I A L _ M E D I A

    Social Media Policy: My web activity is focused around mental health and wellness. Any items I post that offend your sensibilities are not intended to do so; however, part of interacting in a public forum does include this risk.
    I generally accept all friend and follower requests. But likes, replies, private messages, comments on posts, blog responses, or treatment requests within social media sites from past and current clients will not be responded to. If you want to schedule an appointment please use email or phone. Thanks!



    P U B L I C A T I O N S


    Naylor, Lavelda (2018) Adult GT Adults Issues and Interventions. Presented at monthly meeting of Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. (See presentation here)


    Naylor, Lavelda (2015). Sexpectations: Communicating About Expectations for Sex Partners in Relationships. Presented at The Sexology Institute, San Antonio, TX.


    Naylor, Lavelda, & Wilson, Amy (2013). Social Media Boundaries for Mental Health Professionals. Presented to Family Service Association, San Antonio, TX. http://laveldanaylor.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/social-media-use-as-a-mental-health-professional/


    Naylor, Lavelda, & Wilson, Amy (2013). Modern Parenting Perspectives for Mental Health Professionals. Presented to Family Service Association, San Antonio, TX.


    Pillow, D., Naylor, L., & Malone, G. (2012). Beliefs Regarding Stimulant Medication Effects Among College Students with a History of Past or Current Usage. Journal of Attention Disorder, DOI:10.1177/1087054712459755


    Naylor, L., Stanley, E., & Wicha, N. (2012). Cognitive and neural correlates of the bilingual Stroop effect: Evidence from behavior and event-related potentials.Frontiers in Cognition,3, 81. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00081


    David R. Pillow, Glenn P. Malone, Lavelda Bradley (Naylor), & Cristina Cadena (2010). Beliefs Regarding Stimulant Medication Effects Predict Patterns of Use in college Students. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.


    (Naylor) Bradley, L., Stanely, E., & Wicha, N. Y.Y. (2009). De Colores: An ERP study of cross-language interference using a bilingual color-Stroop task. Presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA.

    Bradley, L. & Pillow, D. (2009).


    Pillow, D. & (Naylor) Bradley, L. (2008). Predicting Stimulant Medication Use in College Students with AD/HD. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX.


    (Naylor) Bradley, L. & Pillow, D. (2008). Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to ADHD Medication Endpoints. Poster presented at the Spring Research Conference of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX. Awarded 3rd Place research prize.


    (Naylor) Bradley, L. & Pillow, D. (2008). Investigating AD/HD Medication Endpoints. Slide presentation at the 22cd annual meeting of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salisbury, MA.


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