Laura has been practicing counseling and art therapy since 2014, working in both private industries and non-profit organizations. She graduated from Adler School of Professional Psychology with an MA in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy in 2014, and from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County with a BA in Psychology in 2010. Laura specializes in providing art therapy for individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) struggling with depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation, ADHD, and trauma. She is also specialized in providing care for individuals seeking substance abuse treatment. She utilizes multiple forms of expressive arts for clients, such as music and movement, as well as provides traditional talk therapy for individuals who may be uncomfortable with art therapy.
Laura’s approach is humanistic and focuses on providing a safe space for individuals to share concerns and work through difficulties and trauma. She utilizes DBT techniques and incorporates mindfulness and meditation practices often, not only as a coping strategy but also as a way to ground one’s emotional state so it does not become overwhelming during and after a therapy session. Laura believes strongly in the co-working relationship between client and clinician, with the belief that a clinician can only help guide someone on their journey and support them as they take the steps towards change. The true catalyst for change is the client, who’s desire to change prompts growth and development.
Laura became interested in art therapy during her high school years where she found she wanted to combine her love of art with a career to help others. She absolutely loves to see people change and grow through the therapy process, and finds it rewarding seeing people enjoy the process of making art as a way of healing. She finds it amazing just how resilient people are, and how through all the adversity there is in the world, so many can still smile and be kind to one another.