Laura uses an integrative approach in her work as a healer, primarily combining insight-oriented psychotherapy with mind-body strategies to help clients find more ease in their lives.  Her practice focus is on supporting survivors of interpersonal violence, those in, or in need of recovery from addiction/s, and the treatment of anxiety and depression.  Because the roots of psychological symptoms are often due to past traumas, Laura has extensively studied trauma treatment for children and adults, including Somatic Experiencing®, a treatment for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress.  The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.

Laura also studied with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, where she learned the science and skills of meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, and self-expression in words, drawings, and movement. She is "fluent" in CBT, DBT, 12 step work and play therapy and incorporates these techniques into her work when helpful.

Laura earned her Masters Degree from Columbia University in Advanced Clinical Social Work, and received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston College. During her graduate internships she worked with seniors in assisted living, clients in public housing and with children and families at The Child Guidance Center of Southern CT. Her post-graduate clinical training was completed at a busy outpatient center where she gained experience working with a wide variety of client and family challenges.

In her first professional life, Laura managed, recruited, counseled, coached and trained executives in a variety of Corporate Human Resources positions. Later, as the founding director of Parent Awareness of the YWCA of Darien-Norwalk, Laura, designed their risk prevention program and worked with school administrators, parents and volunteers to help families raise resilient children. This experience, combined with multiple volunteer roles with social service agencies and schools, inspired Laura to pursue her calling as a therapist and healer.

A member of the National Association of Social Workers and a volunteer with the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Laura is a proud activist for multiple social justice causes. She is the parent of two young adults, two loving dogs and always finds ways to spend time outside.

 

CONTACT

 

lvrshrink@gmail.com

Tel: 203.554.3853

 

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