Meet Laura

Finding the right therapist can be time-consuming.

It started with a simple Google search, but after sifting through countless profiles and outdated websites, you started to think it just wasn’t worth it.

I get it. The process of searching for and finding the best therapist can sometimes be enough to make people quit.

I’ve created this page to help you quickly determine if I might be the right fit for you. Every therapist is different, and it’s important for you to feel confident with your decision. 

This is the place where I’m supposed to tell you about myself.

Other therapists use this page to highlight their education, experience, and any other information they think is relevant to you.

I’ll get to that in a minute, but first I want to explain the kind of client I tend to have the most success helping so that you can quickly determine whether or not I might be a good fit for you. At that point, you’ll care more about my experience – but this is ultimately about you, not me.

The clients who are the most successful in therapy with me are ones who come ready to work and understand that I’m not going to wave my magic therapy wand and have their problems disappear.

They appreciate my straightforward approach, and that I don’t tiptoe around their issues. Must be the New Yorker in me…

Many of my clients have been to a therapist before but were turned off by the way the therapist took a passive approach to therapy, almost like a lifeless robot. 

No bobblehead here – I am an active participant in your treatment, and you’ll never see me take out a clipboard and write as you share your story. I can’t stand that.

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I try to be the kind of therapist that I would want to see.

I keep it real, and I’m known to let out a few choice words sometimes in session (again – New Yorker). My clients are encouraged to do the same. 

Speaking of my clients, I’ve found that the clients who are the most successful in therapy with me have a few things in common. The ones who experience the best results come ready to figure out what’s been keeping them stuck. They take initiative, follow through, and work hard to get to the root of what’s going on. 

They are committed to their own growth and ready to give up old habits that are no longer serving them. They’re tired of replaying old narratives in their heads that keep them in a perpetual state of feeling inadequate. They know it’s time to do the work. 

Now for the cut and dry stuff you engineers want to know

You want to see that I actually went to a school whose name you recognize, and that I didn’t just receive my license last week (although therapy is one of the few professions where years of experience does not correlate with clinical competency. Don’t believe me? I bet you can find a ton of therapists in Greenville who’ve been practicing for 20+ years and suck). 

Education:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor (License #4651)

Master of Science, Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Clemson University

(That’s right: I’m a double tiger! I bleed orange but will play nice if you show up to my office wearing garnet, crimson, or any other shade of red.)

My graduate studies were extremely rigorous, and I received hundreds of hours of live supervision (where a supervisor actually watched my sessions behind a one-way mirror. Yes, it was terrifying, but it made me so much more confident as a therapist).

I am a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as a Licensed Supervisor, where I provide regular clinical supervision to students and other marriage and family therapists in training.

I utilize several evidence-based theoretical approaches in therapynone of which involve a crystal ball or asking “how does that make you feel?” 100 times.

I integrate a number of models depending on the issues I’m treating, but here are some of the most common approaches I use:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-Fcosued Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

I’m fluent in both Feelings AND Engineer (if you’re in a relationship with one, you know what I’m talking about), so I tend to do really great work with both. I find that helpers and healers tend to marry those who work in a more technical field, and while “opposites attract,” they can also drive each other up the wall.

And while I think it’s important to learn a little bit about the kind of family you grew up in, I won’t make you lie down and tell me everything that ever happened to you as a child (although I must admit that my sofa is pretty damn comfortable). 

Here are my specialties:

Stress and Anxiety

Overwhelm, perfectionism, and insomnia have swooped in and taken over, leaving you in an almost constant state of stress. Therapy will help you identify the underlying patterns that keep you stuck and give you actionable tools to fight back.

Entrepreneurial Burnout

You didn’t realize you were walking a tightrope until you fell off. You’ve made many sacrifices to get your business to where it is today, but those sacrifices came at a high cost. You want to fall back in love with your work while also finding out how to prevent burnout in the future.

LMFT-A Clinical Supervision

So you passed the MFT exam – congratulations! You’re in the final stretch towards licensure, and I’m here to help you get there. As an SC-Approved LMFT Supervisor, I can provide all of your supervision requirements (and we’ll have fun, too).

I hope this has been helpful for you in determining if I might be the right therapist for you.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me Here. If I’m not the right fit for you, I will gladly help you find another therapist who might be a better fit for you. 

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