MA- Professional Counseling, Webster University
BS-Studio Art/Art History/Museum Studies, Evergreen State College
Laura began counseling in 2004, initially specializing in work with children suffering trauma and mental health issues. Within 2 years she began working with a wider age range of clients to include teens, adults and “mature adults.” She quickly developed a passion for working with trauma victims, mental health issues, and borderline personality disorder. Laura also enjoys family and marital counseling and has experience in substance abuse counseling as well. She enjoys using art in therapy in sessions for clients who are interested and will incorporate other client interests as well, such as music, play, writing, animals, spiritual and cultural beliefs, stories/literature etc.
Laura utilizes therapy techniques that focus on, among other issues, making positive changes in thinking patterns and behaviors, decoding relationship problems, untangling communication deficits, improving self confidence and self esteem, and overcoming trauma experiences. She is a rostered Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist for Children and has trained in REBT, DBT, EMDR, CBT and Alcohol and Drug Treatment, suicide/self harm, eating disorders, psychopharmacology, and physical and sexual abuse issues.
Laura was born in Greenville, SC and has lived in Europe and traveled extensively for ten years before returning home in 2000. A love of different cultures, a strong faith, and a plethora of life experiences have contributed to her counseling profession and her passion to help others toward positive change, healing and personal growth.