I always thought therapy was for people with “real problems.” You know, people who lost a parent or who were in abusive relationships. I never thought I needed therapy or would get the courage to seek help because I always thought my issues and problems weren’t bad enough to justify seeing a therapist. I contacted Laurie when I was at a real low point in my life and just didn’t know where else to turn. It wasn’t because I lost a parent or was involved in an abusive relationship- it was because I needed someone to talk to that didn’t know me and that would just give me a different perspective on things. It ended up being one of the best decisions of my life. Laurie was comforting, sensitive, and incredibly warm from the second I met her. That’s exactly what I needed- someone I knew wasn’t judging me and would let me just talk and let it all out. Laurie gave me different exercises each session I spent with her in order to help find myself and search for the answers that I think I already knew but just needed some confidence and reassurance. Laurie gave me that and I am forever grateful for the chance to have met her. Therapy is not just for people with big problems- it’s for everyone that is willing to take a chance- it will provide endless possibilities and a real chance at finding happiness.”
I wanted to write you and let you know how much you helped my husband and I learn to communicate with each other. My husband and I came to you at a time in our marriage where I thought we were at a stand still. I was reluctant to see a marriage counselor but it was my last alternative before the big “D”. I liked how you got to know us on an individual basis at first then we came together as a couple. You helped us so much to talk to each other and it was so nice having you there as a buffer showing us who is beating a dead horse and not getting past the issue at hand. My husband was afraid at first having a female counselor because he felt that you would be anti-man and on my side from the get go. After a session he realized that you were there looking out for both our interests and he felt very comfortable with you. After several sessions we have become a better, non-fighting, communicating machine. It has been over 6 months since our therapy sessions and we still use your methods for dealing with our issues. My husband and I are closer than ever and I know it’s all because of your help. Thank you so much Laurie for helping us find each other and for sparking what I thought was a marriage about to end in divorce. You saved our life. There are no amounts of thank you!!!
Thank you, very much, for working with us. Without your assistance My wife and I might now be split up instead of being the strongest we have ever been. We have so many tools now to help us deal with each other that we just didn’t have before. You have made a great difference in our lives, and we will forever be grateful.
Laurie is a caring professional. She is committed to providing her clients with compassionate and “real life” answers. I’ve observed her grounded, focused style and feel that her clients are lucky to work with Laurie.
Laurie is an extremely detail-oriented professional. She is incredibly knowledgeable and is so passionate about helping others. She is patient, kind and warm; so easy to talk with and open up to. I have enjoyed getting to know her as a professional, colleague and friend and feel confident referring my friends and family to her and using her myself.
I warmly recommend Laurie for her personality which has proven to be warm, caring, responsive to help needed, cooperative, genuine, and thorough in every detail of a process.
Laurie is a highly professional counselor and is especially good with children. She is able to speak to them in a way that they understand and can connect on their level.
Laurie is a knowledgeable and caring woman and therapist, and I highly recommend her as a skilled service provider.
I was sitting on the floor of my closet crying and holding myself…thinking “how did I get here?”
2011 was a blur, one major issue after the other. The good news was that my boyfriend proposed after 8 years! Then the bad news was that we were living paycheck to paycheck, supporting two households, trying to manage 2 children in a joint custody arrangement with an ex-wife was SO very difficult on us. If that’s not enough stress then, couple all of the above with her emotional breakdown and us taking permanent custody of the children. Overnight I went from being the girlfriend to being engaged to being a full-time step mom. Then the bottom fell out. The children watched their mother die in a tragic accident. It was the most horrible thing I could ever imagine….flash forward to the broken woman crying in her closet.
I knew I needed help immediately. I needed to talk to someone who could understand that I was going through something different than the other people in my household; someone who could understand the level of stress, pain, anger, denial, loneliness.
I came across Laurie on the Psychology Today website. She described herself as “patient, professional and knowledgeable” and her picture was warm and welcoming. I immediately scheduled an appointment with her and only with her. Laurie is extremely easy to talk to. The first several meetings were hard for me, I cried a lot but Laurie listened and questioned. The questioning was difficult but I understood that she wanted me to see things from a different perspective. We worked on my need to control every aspect of my life and my perception of my reality. In the 6 months that followed I learned a great deal about myself and how to change my perception.
I am no longer the crying woman in the closet. I have regained my strength and have learned that I cannot control everything and that I do not need to. Life will happen, its how we choose to handle it that really matters. It’s about having faith in ourselves and knowing that we can move forward positively out of some of life’s heaviest burdens. Laurie is more than a therapist and I thank God for her every day!
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