About Me

Welcome! Reaching out is often the most difficult step to initiate change in our lives. I am so glad that you have stopped by and are looking to make change. My name is Laura and I am a Licensed Clinical Social worker . I received my Masters in Social Work at the University of Kentucky and spent my first 1.5 post graduate school in Lexington, Kentucky serving those with severe mental illnesses, trauma, and substance use. From there, I moved to New York, where I started my career with the VA. I have worked with clients with a wide range of struggles, including, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, and trauma from military, childhood, and civilian life. Not only have I worked with clients with those types of struggles, but I have also worked with clients that are struggling with life changes, marriage, divorce, grief and loss. I have been trained by the VA to work with clients who are struggling with new or ongoing health issues. I have enjoyed working in all of these areas with my clients!

I typically utilize Cognitive Behavioral and Solution focused approach with my clients. I believe that it is important to identify areas in which one wants to improve and possible solutions to those areas and struggles a person is experiencing. I am very client-focused, meaning that I am willing to discuss and address whatever the client wishes, not what I think would be best at that exact moment. I believe that this approach allows for clients to make progress, while feeling safe and comfortable. To me, the most important piece of counseling and therapy, is the therapeutic relationship and I encourage all of my clients to be open and honest with me, so that we have a strong therapeutic relationship!

I am looking forward to working with you and seeing the growth and progress that you can make!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LCSW #Q1-0001590 (Expires: 2023-01-31)


Reviews

Written by C.O. on Jun 10, 2021 after counseling with Laura for 1 year on issues concerning addictions, and relationship issues

Laura has been my biggest support this past year. Seeking counseling with her was life changing. She has helped me see past the darkness I was in and continues to work with me to better handle my anxiety, stress, and give me the tools to navigate through my depression. Looking back over this past year, where I was before I found Laura with Better Help, it’s amazing the amount of progress I have been able to make, to be in this great place I never thought I could get to. I am forever thankful for how she helped save me from the bad place I was in, and her help in guiding me to where I am now.

Written by D.A. on Mar 02, 2021 after counseling with Laura for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Laura has a way with making you feel at home, comfortable, and in a safe space to express yourself authentically. I felt heard and seen and I can’t tell you how important that is when it comes to therapy. I would highly recommend her. Thank you Laura for everything.

Written by A.D. on Jan 19, 2021 after counseling with Laura for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and adhd

She not only has given me real solid advice during our sessions but she has provided me with tools for helping myself when i’m not with her. Laura was exactly who I needed for my first therapist and anyone who gets to work with her will be very happy

Written by D.E. on Jan 17, 2021 after counseling with Laura for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

She is a great listener who helps me dive into my feelings and understand them better.

Written by N.O. on Dec 28, 2020 after counseling with Laura for 2 weeks

I am so excited to have been paired with Laura Kern. She is someone who I feel comfortable telling things that I normally would not want to talk about. She listens, she responds in a timely fashion and she is extremely qualified in her field. She is always in tough with me throughout the day and I appreciate that. The dialogue continues until she sees everything is ok. I am excited to have her in my life and I look forward to a long relationship with her. I highly recommend Laura Kern.

Written by S.T. on Nov 24, 2020 after counseling with Laura for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

Laura is excellent. I feel I really connect with her. I like how she is able to sort out my thoughts and then provide positive feedback along with activities and worksheets. I feel she just does not say things that I want to hear. I also have told her on occasion.. you are correct or oh you’re good because she just points out how I really am, like I have known her for years. If the appropriate time comes up with someone I know, I will gladly send them to Laura.

Written by E.R. on Nov 20, 2020 after counseling with Laura for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coaching

She’s great :)

Written by R.Y. on Aug 06, 2020 after counseling with Laura for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Very helpful services