Hi, I'm Laura. I'm so glad you're here.
Since 2016, I have worked with a diverse adult population and have had the honour and privilege of being able to support individuals with their unique wellness needs and goals. I specialize in supporting first responders, military members, public safety personnel, frontline workers, helping professionals and adult survivors of relational and childhood abuse. With a specific focus on trauma recovery and anxiety management, I strive to support individuals to process and peacefully resolve past trauma to be able to learn skills to engage with present life more fully. I also provide support to clients coping with addiction, anger management, anxiety, panic, depression, suicidality, self-harm, stress, bullying, relationship issues and life transitions.
I operate from a client-centered, strengths based approach and strive to create a safe, non-judgemental and collaborative therapeutic environment, offering tools and strength to help you learn to skillfully navigate difficult terrain.
I have a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Toronto and am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).
I believe that therapy is not "one size fits all" and work with you, the client, to develop a treatment plan to meet your unique needs and wants. I practice from a trauma-informed lens and am trained in a number of evidence-based clinical approaches which I will recommend based on your goals and needs.
Some modalities I may use in our sessions include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): An approach focused on highlighting the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours as a response to situations we experience.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): A specific type of CBT which targets evaluation and change of distressing thoughts created by traumatic experiences. By changing thoughts, emotions also change.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT): A skills-based approach which includes mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. This approach aims to increase capacity for tolerating and managing intense emotions more effectively in order to create a life worth living.
Mindfulness: Working to direct focus on the present rather than following thoughts to the past or future.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT): A future-focused, action-based problem solving approach which places a focus on developing solutions and coping strategies to meet specific goals.