Laura Brightwood, LCSW, M-Div

Laura Brightwood, LCSW, M-Div

Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - C004037
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 18330
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Office 1
1829 East Franklin Street
Suite 200A
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
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Billing and Insurance

I am an in-network provider for:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Medicare
  • Optum Health
  • United Behavioral Health
  • ValueOptions

Fees: Intake = $130.00, 50-55 minute session = $110.00

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Everything in life changes, the good and the bad. Usually, we are not taught when growing up to prepare for the tide of constant change. Instead, we are taught the primary goal is to pick a career, a partner/spouse, a plan and stick to it with all our might! But then, life shifts like the weather, sometime rhythmic, and sometimes wildly unpredictable. Aspects of ourselves and others begin to change in ways we cannot deny or control. Managing, adapting to, living with and through change is perhaps the greatest challenge of growing alive. It is hard. But you can do hard things.

Email or Call Laura Brightwood, LCSW, M-Div at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18330

More Info About My Practice

Learn more about me at my website. I am in-network with a variety of Insurances. My list of In-network affiliations is currently growing. Please check my website for an up to date list. My customary rates are $110 per 50-60 minute session and $130 for the initial 60-minute Intake session. I can file all In-Network and Out-Of-Network sessions with your insurance carrier, if you should choose that I do so. If you do not wish to use your insurance, that is also an available choice. We can discuss at intake the pro's and con's of that choice. It is important to know your deductibles, your copays, and the pro's and con's of using your insurance to pay for mental health services, whether you choose to use a clinician that is in or out of your network. Cash, check, HSAs connected to a major CC, and all major credit cards are accepted for payment. Payment is expected at time of service.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

For some of us, sharing our deepest struggles with our community, our family, or even our supportive friends is awkward, vulnerable, and unhelpful. Whether what brings you to explore is a recent challenge, or a life long challenge, the benefit of a helping, compassionate, skilled psychotherapist is what I often refer to as an "Intimate Stranger". What makes this relationship even more helpful is the bind of confidentiality that exists between you and your therapist. Therapy is a gift to yourself. If you are curious and interested, but concerned about any aspect of therapy, contact me.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

Your therapist should help you feel a sense of connection, safety, and support. These questions may help you decide if the therapist you choose is right for you:

-Does it seem like the therapist cares about me?
-Does the therapist have skills in listening, asking questions, and understanding what I am experiencing, without interrupting, criticizing, or judging?
-Does the therapist accept me for who I am?
-Does the therapist value any cultural differences we may have?
-Do I feel safe with this individual?
-Does the therapist, their office, their personality make me feel comfortable?

Even if your therapist looks great on paper, if the connection doesn't feel right, if you don't trust the person or feel like they truly care, then go with another choice. A good therapist will respect this choice and should never pressure you or make you feel guilty.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with all groups of people. A few specific groups are LGBTQ, Geriatrics, Parents, Adult ADHD, Grief and Bereavement, Alzheimer's Caregivers, Women's Mental Health, Cancer Survivors, Those caring for aging parents.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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