I have been a follower of Christ for my entire adult life. I did not grow up in a Christian home, and making this decision was a darkness-to-light experience for me. I was 19 years old. I am an older adult, so it's been many years of living out my faith.
I was interested in the helping professions even before I became a Christian, and I believe that that is my calling. I have never imagined myself doing anything other than this. I started out by being trained and serving as a volunteer in a church counseling clinic. I loved it so much, that I decided to go to grad school and do it professionally. I currently see clients at the church that I attend, and I volunteer at a grief and loss agency in the community.
Coming alongside those who are experiencing grief and loss is one of my passions. Other areas of expertise and interest are helping people have healthy relationships and good boundaries, trauma and PTSD, depression, parenting, and encouraging people in their relationship with God.
In my experience as a counselor, I have mostly worked in faith-based settings, including churches and faith-based agencies. My preference is to incorporate faith into the counseling practice as much as the client wants to. I like to use faith-based resources whenever possible, and yet I also use well-respected and well-researched resources. I believe that all truth is God's truth, so I use the best of both worlds. I always encourage clients to make sure their priority is in their relationship with the Lord, because that's the best way to move through struggles and challenges. The counseling process is a way to add onto that foundation, and that will include support, providing useful tools for tackling problems, encouragement, and accountability.
I think that what makes counseling work is for the therapist and client to have a good and trusting working relationship, first and foremost. In addition, it is most helpful if the client is ready to be open to input, feedback, change, and growth.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Parenting issues
I also have experience in Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
LPC #2015012617 (Expires: 2019-06-30)
LCPC #2545 (Expires: 2019-08-31)
Laurie brings wisdom and insight into some challenging dynamics. She shows compassion and understanding which has been greatly appreciated!
I feel that Laurie really cares. I get good advice from her, she listens and is patient.
Very nice person who respects me and offers help when I reach out.