I completed my Master of Social Work degree in April of 1998 while working full-time . I had begun volunteering at a domestic violence shelter and was looking at methods for helping these at -risk families. My first job post Master's degree was working in the foster care system. That led me to a better understanding of child welfare, family dynamics, and the legal system. I then moved back to my hometown in northeast Michigan to work as an infant mental health specialist. This opportunity gave me more skill in working with trauma, family therapy, and being comfortable in the client's own home. My work at the local hospital's behavioral health services expanded my ability to provide individual psychotherapy to people of all ages and background. I also developed proficiancy in working with in-patient units for substance abuse and mental illness. during my employment there. My move to the VA was a wonderful journey and extremely educational. At this point in my life I feel that my knowledge, background, and skills has made me a well rounded therapist. I am comfortable utilizing different modalities with a variety of clients.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Abandonment, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MI LMSW 6801077076
Laurie is a great listener and she makes me feel understood and seen. Her input is very helpful to open my eyes to see the situation from another point of view.
Written on Jun 19, 2023 after therapy with Laurie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Laurie is a very good listener and always has valuable suggestions for me.
Written on Apr 19, 2023 after therapy with Laurie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes
I feel supported and understood by her.
Written on Dec 12, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd
Laurie is the best. From the very beginning, she has created a safe space for me to slowly open up and be vulnerable. When I talk to her, I feel safe, heard, and seen. Laurie is a support I never had, and I am deeply grateful to have her as my therapist.
Written on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem
Laurie’s approach has been straightforward but well mannered, which I feel comfortable with.
Written on May 19, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd
Laurie Stricker has made me feel comfortable with seeking help and truly listens to what I voice. I feel like I have a strong support to help me with helping myself.
Written on Apr 25, 2022 after therapy with Laurie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd