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Hello,

I’m LAURA!

I really believe in the power of images to tell a person's story. So much of our experience cannot be understood in words, because our brains don't only store information in words; often, memories and lessons are stored as images. That’s why I use art therapy - to access and heal the parts of the brain that remain misunderstood.

I'm never going to tell you what your recovery should look like. My goal is always to work with you to discover the path to healing that works for you. Through small changes, we can learn about your relationship with substances, and heal the root of the issue, rather than just treating the symptoms.

 
 
 
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my story

 

I still remember what I was doing when I first discovered art therapy: I was sitting in art class my junior year of high school. I was flipping absently through our textbook, which we rarely used, when I happened upon an interview with an art therapist on one of the pages. It caught my attention because I'd never heard of this job before, and I was curious. I began reading more about the field, learning about the work, and researching education opportunities. In that moment, I knew art therapy was the thing to which I was meant to dedicate my life.

In the 15 years since that day, my art therapy journey has included many stops along the road that ultimately led me to Alexandria Art Therapy. I love the unique opportunity to explore life’s challenges and create meaning through art. I believe that understanding your emotions and finding connections to the world around you are some of the most valuable experiences we can have.

I work in substance abuse treatment because we understand so little about it. Treating substance abuse is hard work, but it's also incredibly rewarding and valuable. We think of substance use as a character flaw, a mistake, a physical addiction that our bodies crave. But why can't it be more than that? Why can't it be a way to cope with things we'd rather avoid? Why can't it bring comfort to a hopeless situation? Why can't it be a way to escape a world that feels lonely, bleak, and confusing? When we look at substance use under the lens of many microscopes, we see that there are many possibilities for the "why" and the "how," and we start to discover some of the answers to the "what next?"

 
 
 

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INDIVIDUAL THERAPY FOR substance abuse

Individual therapy for substance abuse may be right for you if you’re struggling to maintain sobriety, or you’re contemplating if your substance use is a problem. Perhaps your use of alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, or opioids has gotten out of control, and it’s time to make a change. If you’re not sure if individual therapy is right for you, click the button below to schedule a free 15-minute consultation with me, and I’ll help you decide.

individual therapy for mood and trauma

Individual therapy for mood and trauma may be right for you if you have been struggling with unstable moods lately, including anxiety and depression, and these mood changes are making it difficult to feel fulfilled and successful. Perhaps you feel like your life is okay, but it could be better. If you’re not sure if individual therapy is right for you, click the button below to schedule a free 15-minute consultation with me, and I’ll help you decide.

 

If individual therapy is right for you, we’ll start by scheduling a 50-minute intake session to meet in-person and set some initial goals. After that, weekly sessions are recommended in order to work toward treatment goals and continually reassess how to proceed in treatment.

 

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