Laura Scales

(MA, LMFT)

About Me

It is my sincere hope to bring genuine healing and wholeness to individuals, marriages and families.

What is perhaps unique about me is that therapy is not my first career. I feel as though my other careers and life experiences have led me to this time in my life and my practice. I have learned first hand how unexpected life events can throw one off course and how going through change can be painful and yet transformational. In my previous careers, I chose occupations that enabled and empowered others. I cared for people with chronic illness and severe disabilities as a home health aide. I taught rock climbing, ice climbing, sea kayaking, swimming at various levels with a diverse clientele. I cared for the elderly and brought activities to improve the quality of life for residents of a senior living community.

One of my greatest life achievements is climbing the highest point in the western hemisphere, Mt. Aconcagua elevation 22,837 ft. Up above the treeline, looking down on the clouds, far away from the civilized world is where I felt the most centered and at peace and the closest to my higher self. It is during my days as a climber and high altitude mountaineer that I learned how to be fully present in life if only for one moment at a time.

It was in graduate school at Argosy University, on the Denver, Colorado campus that I realized how to continue to follow my passion: helping others build stronger sense of self and healthy relationships and families. After completing a masters program in Marriage and Family Therapy and practicum at West Springs Psychiatric Hospital, I worked in a community mental health outpatient clinic. As a licensed professional, I counseled as an intake, individual and group therapist. My knowledge and empathy has grown significantly while working with people of all ages and backgrounds, addressing a broad range of mental health issues. Today in my private practice, I strive to provide a safe nonjudgemental space for clients to share openly, explore problems and solutions and shed light on relationships, that are no longer desirable.
I believe our mental health and personal well being are tied up in the quality of our personal relationships. The more closely we are connected to others, the happier we feel and the more personal satisfaction we have in our lives.

I work with individuals, couples and families who want to change how they manage conflict, physical and mental health conditions, and stressful life adjustments. I have been trained in many evidence-based therapy modalities that help me to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, anger management and people who have experienced trauma. I believe in empowering clients, meaning that the client is the expert on their life and responsible and capable of making their own decisions. My approach to counseling involves evidenced-based practices to include Internal Family Systems Therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focussed and strength-based practices tailored to fit each client's uniques needs.

When I am not practicing therapy I am enjoying spending as much time as possible in the natural world absorbing all of it's many gifts.


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #0001388 (Expires: 2021-08-01)


Reviews

Written by A.V. on Jan 13, 2020 after counseling with Laura for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Laura is the best! I love working with her. She really listened to me, and gave me practical steps to helping myself.

Written by W.I. on Jul 27, 2019 after counseling with Laura for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Laura is phenomenal. She is patient and thoughtful, but also knows how and when to appropriately suggest new strategies to try. She is very well balanced in her approach and truly helped me through some very difficult times.

Written by E.M. on Jul 12, 2019 after counseling with Laura for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

I feel listened to and supported by Laura, and have had better strides with her in the past few months then the whole last year in therapy. I really appreciate her encouragement and advice.

Written by J.E. on Mar 24, 2019 after counseling with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Laura has been very quick to diagnose and help me with my problems. She’s fast learning and fast responding while still feeling like a genuine person who cares.