I am a licensed professional therapist currently based in Texas. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a certificate in Trauma Therapy. My experience includes working with couples, families, college students, and children from age 8-teens. I provide premarital counseling, marriage therapy, sex therapy, and individual therapy. I have worked with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, abuse, adoption issues, and adjustment disorders.
My therapy style involves understanding the client from their point of view. I work from a holistic view, believing all systems of the body; physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual, help in the healing process. I especially love emotionally focused therapy and narrative therapy, but include other therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and family systems. I have been trained in EMDR and have found it can be utilized in many areas, but especially with trauma.
Before becoming a therapist I worked as an RN for 20 years, graduating with my Bachelor's degree from Baylor University. Thirteen of those years were as a hospice nurse, so end of life care and grief counseling has been a big part of my life. I incorporate my medical background in the therapy process.
I want to hear your story and look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Communication Problems, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Post-traumatic Stress, Sex Addiction
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
TX LPC 82600
TN LPC 5736
Laverna is an exceptional therapist. Very able to do EMDR & dealing with post trauma
Written on Jan 24, 2023 after therapy with Laverna for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Laverna is experienced, kind, and she offers great advice and suggestions. I appreciate how well she takes notes to remember me and my situation specifically. Very thankful she’s available via Better Help!
Written on Mar 29, 2022 after therapy with Laverna for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse
Laverna is wonderful. She has been a great support during a very difficult time in my life. It’s just the beginning of my healing journey but so far it has been awesome. She is very caring and a great listener. She has given me great advice and I look forward to our sessions. I highly recommend Laverna.
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Written on Mar 05, 2022 after therapy with Laverna for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes