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Meet Laura

Clinical Therapist

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from St. Francis
Xavier University, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from St. Thomas
University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of
Waterloo. Laura is a member in good standing with the New Brunswick
Association of Social Workers since 2011.

Most importantly, Laura is a hard working entrepreneur, wife, mom of 3 littles and mental health advocate who is committed to redefining the experience of going to therapy and has vowed to create supports that will make the experience meaningful and therapeutic for you. She uses the wisdom & learnings that come from the struggle of balancing life, motherhood and business to support clients in a truly genuine way. 
Laura has diverse experience working with individuals on a range
of challenges including anxiety, depression, addiction, anger, trauma, grief, domestic violence, family & relationship issues, and chronic & life threatening health conditions.  Laura specializes in working with couples experiencing marital or relational stress or who are in crisis. Laura is  currently training in The Gottman Method for couples therapy and also recently trained in Intensive Sex Therapy with the University of Guelph. This specialized training gives her the advanced skills necessary to assess and treat the sexual concerns of individuals and couples.

 

Laura has a real life approach to working with couples and understands that staying married can be quite challenging. The Gottman method is based on years of research and it aims to improve emotional connection, improve friendship, communication, intimacy and respect. Laura has practiced social work in various fields including domestic violence, community health care including palliative care & front-line counselling, and has a strong knowledge of local community resources. She is a former board president for a local transition house for women and their children.

 

"The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth."

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My Approach

​​We will work collaboratively to build short and long-term solutions while exploring the root of your issues. As a team of social workers, we have a unique understanding of the relationship between individuals and their environment and how stress can impact physical and mental health. 


We believe you are the expert in your own life and respect your right to self determination. We practice from a client centered, strengths-based approach utilizing various counselling frameworks including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, solution focused therapy and motivational interviewing. Our practice approach is evidence based and culturally sensitive.

​​It is our goal that every person feels comfortable and at ease therefore sessions are customized to meet your unique needs. We are committed to being authentic and acting with integrity. You can count on us.

Services

The areas I specialize in are:

  • PTSD

  • Couples using the Gottman approach

  • First Responder

  • self esteem, assertiveness, boundaries

 

Please reach out if you have any questions or to discuss your goals of counselling.

Individual Therapy Session

1 hr  |  $140
 

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