Prepare/Enrich Certified: Yes
Available: Wednesday (evening) and Saturday (daytime)
Fees: $140/50-min session; $210/90-min session
Clinical special interests: Communication Issues, Pre-Marital Therapy, Anxiety, Mindfulness, Family of Origin Issues, Co-Parenting
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone 240-752-7650 ext. 5
I feel very fortunate to have worked with individuals, couples, and families from many backgrounds and with a wide array experiences. It is a joy to share in the lives of my clients and be a part of each of their journeys. I am a systems therapist, and believe that none of us exist in a vacuum. However, our relationships can also be a great source of frustration, coupled with the stresses of daily life. My goal in therapy is to allow my clients to create more space in their lives and build more positive patterns, both individually and with others.
I have clinical experience working with couples at all stages of relationships. My work with couples has included navigating communication issues and negative patterns, premarital work, and divorce and co-parenting. I love watching couples come to greater understanding, get unstuck from negative patterns, and build — whether they are dating, engaged, or have been married for many years. I have worked with families to strengthen parent child relationships, especially in times of transition such as: divorce, changing schools, and experiencing trauma. I enjoy working with adolescent and adult individuals, and have experience working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma. I enjoy working with individuals who want to explore their lives in the context of others, whether they are bringing in family of origin issues, difficulty in their relationship, or a new blended family. I find that the ideal time for a client to enter therapy is when they feel stuck or are noticing negative patterns, and are ready to create positive change in their lives.
I am trained as a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator, a program originally designed for premarital couples, to help couples better understand and strengthen their relationships. I thoroughly enjoy seeing engaged couples through their journeys to create a strong foundation for marriage. I also trained with Dr. Eliana Gil in Play Therapy, and continue to incorporate play and art into some of my therapy sessions with children and adults alike.
I am currently a Pre-Clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and serve on the executive board of the Middle Atlantic Division of AAMFT. I am also pursuing a PhD in Family Science at the University of Maryland.
As a therapist, I value building mutual trust and respect. I work to ensure that all who are present have their voice heard and feel that they are in a safe space. I bring my authentic self to sessions and use warmth, empathy, and challenging to help you move forward. One of the most important aspects of my job is working with clients to identify and begin to change patterns that make them feel stuck. Together, we work to build new skills and hone the tools to implement them in daily life. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, eating at new restaurants, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Clinical Special Interests
Family of Origin Issues
Check out Laura’s Blog posts below:
Reframing When the Going Gets Tough :: Navigating the Winds of Acceptance and Change :: Happiness Beyond the Honeymoon :: Managing Expectations in Relationships ::Is Love a Choice? :: Relationships Are Like Cars :: Learning to Lean Into Discomfort :: Accepting “Good Enough” :: Combatting Your “Shoulds” :: It’s the Little Things :: 3 Myths about Emotions :: What to Do When You Feel Stuck in Your Relationship :: How to Hear and be Heard in Your Relationship :: Why Self Care is So Important