Laura A. Cross, MS, LMFT
|Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy, Counselling|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist|
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I support couples, families, and individuals as they seek to better understand, and improve, their relationship with themselves and others. This work often includes identifying negative patterns between partners who long to connect with one another yet can't seem to do it effectively. Through compassionately guided exploration, each partner discovers more meaningful ways to express their needs and meet those of their partner. Individual challenges I often help clients with are overcoming anxiety, understanding and healing depression, accepting medical diagnoses, celebrating life and grieving loss, overcoming addiction, and healing from trauma. My therapy techniques are guided by research-proven methods yet I am always being mindful of the client's unique needs.
Email or Call Laura A. Cross, MS, LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19718
More Info About My Practice
My fees are slightly less than the industry standard in order to provide affordable care. Though I do not work with insurance companies, I do offer a limited number of sliding scale appointments which are determined by the client's specific financial situation. Please call me or email me to discuss.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
The most fulfilling part of being a therapist is witnessing a client's growth either within themselves or in their relationships. Most clients enter a therapy office for the first time with 'protective armor' around their vulnerabilities and it is an honor when they allow themselves to remove it and trust me enough to walk with them through the therapy process. As they gain new insight and understanding about themselves and/or their partner, their experience of life in general becomes more joyful. THAT is what I love about being a therapist.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
In addition to meeting all of the ethical guidelines set forth by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, I believe it is important to be mindful of my own strengths and areas where I can grow. I am committed to ongoing supervision, education and enlightenment. My clients deserve for me to be dedicated to my own self care - both physically and emotionally - to ensure I am best able to provide unbiased and unhindered care for them. When approached by a client who struggles in an area I am not familiar, I will work diligently with the client to help them find a well qualified therapist who can best help him/her/them. I am often heard saying 'Do the right thing and the right thing will happen' and this has proven true for me in my life.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
When talking with someone who is ambivalent about therapy, I first seek to understand their ambivalence so I can know how it came to be. For those who have never participated in therapy, they may be dealing with the social stigma that only flawed or weak people seek therapy. Others may have had a previous therapy experience that was painful, difficult or just unproductive. Whatever the reason for the ambivalence, it is important I understand that reason because that greatly impacts the 'advice' I would offer. It mostly comes down to answering questions, de-mystifying the process and ensuring the client that the experience has the potential to be freeing, productive and effective for their specific needs.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
The most influential factor of effective therapy is the alliance between the therapist and the client. It is very important clients have a positive 'gut' feeling about their therapist. Their ability to trust their therapist, believe in their skill and feel comfortable sharing their story and their vulnerabilities is critical to successful therapy. Unfortunately, knowing your therapist in this way only comes with talking to them (phone consultation) or meeting them. However when initially researching therapists, I encourage clients to ask about the therapeutic models they use for different situations and ensure these models are empirically supported with outcomes data to illustrate effectiveness. I also think location is very important. If it is difficult to travel to your therapist, you will experience stress as you try to get there for your appointments and this will likely impact the frequency of appointments and/or increase missed appointments which can hinder progress.
Services I Provide
- Family Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Couples, medical issues, chronic pain, chronic illness, traumatic injury, parents of children with medical issues.
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