I am a Licensed Professional Counselor located in rural, far southwestern Virginia. I have lived here for the last 25 years. Prior to that, I lived in several different states on both the East and West Coasts. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech. My Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling is from Capella University. I have worked in multiple industries and fields, prior to switching careers and becoming a counselor. As a result of the range of my life experiences, I incorporate a breadth of practical and effective knowledge and strategies within counseling practice.
I provide services to a wide-range of individuals with diverse needs. I work with individuals from ages 5 to advanced geriatric. I work with neurotypical individuals and with individuals who live with intellectual disabilities, autism, or traumatic brain injuries. I provide services to individuals who seek treatment for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, coping with chronic illnesses, and adjustment to life issues (such as time-management, stress, or family relationships). I also work well with individuals who are seeking treatment for trauma and/or addiction issues. I provide services to individuals from different cultural backgrounds. While I do not specialize, I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are seeking services for coping with chronic illness, personality disorders, family issues, and bipolar disorder.
I do not treat anorexia or provide counseling for people seeking court-mandated sexual offenders counseling.
My counseling style is solution-focused, practical, and rather blunt. I am a teacher and a counselor. I consider you the expert in your life - and this expertise and desire for change is what you bring to the partnership we will form. I bring compassion, a willingness to not judge, and a ton of tools to the partnership. It is my job to provide you space and tools to work on your goals. It is yours to determine what to accomplish and how quickly you wish to do so.
I provide services through video conferencing, phone calls, and live chat. My clients and I use asynchronous messaging (email) to supplement live contact. I find that the best results occur when most of the interactions are through video conferencing or phone call. While there are wonderful counselors on BetterHelp who do superior jobs using only asynchronous messages, I am not one of them. My clients report much higher satisfaction rates when we have used live contact modalities as the primary method through which to work.
I work full-time at a brick-and-mortar counseling center on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. While I check messages daily, I do not have live appointments on the days I work at the face-to-face clinic. I respond to messages within 48-72 hours, ALTHOUGH I TRY to respond in 24 hours. I devote Mondays and Fridays to online counseling. I have appointments from 6:00 AM Eastern Standard Time to 9:00 PM EST. I spend Sundays with my family and so will not be responding on Sunday to messages. This allows me to be refreshed each week so that I can provide the best services possible.
Regarding filling out forms and writing letters (Ex. for disability, emotional support animals, school, etc): I do provide letters and complete paperwork for clients who are in Virginia, who have worked with me for at least 6 months, and who have at least 2 meetings per month via video conferencing. A release of information will need to be signed and notarized (which ensures that the person is indeed in Virginia) and mailed on paper to me at my brick-and-mortar office in order for me to be able to complete any paperwork. For any letter or paperwork filled completed, it will be noted that services occurred via video conference (and supplemented by other methods, if applicable). I do not charge for this. I consider it to be part of the work of a licensed professional counselor. Due to severe allergies (life-threatening), I cannot respond in person to requests to appear in court.
I look forward to working with you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Bipolar disorder
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LPC #0701007544 (Expires: 2019-06-30)
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After a session with Laura I always feel much better. For each session, I leave with at least one focus point, that I can work on until the next week.
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