ABOUT LAURA

 

Laura’s warm, friendly, results-oriented style makes clients of all ages feel comfortable, whether they’re children, teenagers or adults.

 

Laura earned her Masters Degree from Columbia University in Advanced Clinical Social Work, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston College. She trained helping seniors in an assisted living facility, with clients in public housing and with children and families at The Child Guidance Center of Southern CT. Laura trained and worked at the Life Solution Center, a busy private out-patient center, with a wide range of ages and challenges, including anxiety, depression, addiction, bi-polar disorder, grief, trauma, and family work. 

Laura holds a certification as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), an evidence-based approach to healing that is especially helpful with resolving symptoms of trauma and PTSD. She has extensive post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and the treatment of anxiety, addiction and depression. 

Laura has studied and trained extensively in mind-body therapies, including meditation, guided imagery, and self-expression in words, drawings, and movement. Her additional areas of expertise are  play therapy, mindful play therapy,  working with children and their parents, and guiding women through challenging life transitions. 

 

Prior to becoming a clinical social worker, Laura worked in a variety of Corporate Human Resources positions for 10 years. She counseled, coached and trained executives. 

For three years, Laura served as the founding Director of Parent Awareness of the YWCA of Darien-Norwalk, where she worked with school administrators, parents and volunteers to help families raise resilient children.

 

Laura is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI). 

 

Laura is happily married and the proud parent of two young adult sons and Ringo, a loving black lab, and Sophie, a young golden retriever.  She enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, gardening, traveling, reading and listening to music. 

 

CONTACT

 

 

info@lauravanripertherapy.com

Tel: 203.554.3853

 

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