Laura van Riper, Psychotherapist, LCSW and Somatic Therapist

Laura van Riper, Psychotherapist, LCSW and Somatic Therapist

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Coaching, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 007970
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 03985
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Office 1
166 Kings Highway North
Westport, CT
Westport, Connecticut 06880
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Office 2
36 Old Kings Highway South
The Life Solution Center of Darien
Darien, Connecticut 06820
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I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

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Most clients say that the hardest part of therapy is picking up the phone to ask for help. Choosing a therapist is a very individual process, and study after study shows that the best predictor of a successful outcome from therapy is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client. I am happy to speak with you by phone or in person for a consultation (no-charge) while you are choosing a therapist. If you feel confident that my training, approaches to therapy, and personality are a good match for you, we will discuss our options regarding treatment. Some clients meet their goals in a few sessions, others come for several months, and others longer. Because each client is unique, there is no one "right way" for therapy to proceed. I strive to build strong rapport and trust with clients. I use several different types of therapy that vary based on client preference and needs. I frequently use solution focused, cognitive behavioral techniques with adults; and play therapy and art therapy with children.I enjoy working with families to help them enjoy each other and function better as a team. I often integrate mind-body work into treatment with great results. My goal is to make you the expert and to have the positive results of therapy last long after your treatment ends.

Email or Call Laura van Riper, Psychotherapist, LCSW and Somatic Therapist at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 03985

More Info About My Practice

My first career was in corporate Human Resources, where I enjoyed 10 years of experience in counseling, training, and development in a variety of positions. After a few years off when my children were small, I went back to work as the founding program director of the YWCA of Darien-Norwalk Parent Awareness Program. At the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, I provided evidence-based psychotherapy for children and families of diverse cultures who faced a wide range of mental health challenges. I also have clinical and case management experience with seniors and individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.

If you have the courage to improve your life or that of your family, I am committed to working with you regardless of your financial circumstances. Although I do not take insurance, I will provide you with an invoice at each session. You can submit the invoice to your insurance company for an out-of-network reimbursement or for a flexible spending account credit. If you do not have insurance, I am happy to work with you on sliding fee scale basis.

I speak "survival" Spanish.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Those who are suffering from grief, anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, AD/HD, trauma/PTSD, families in transition or conflict, and children and families affected by learning differences

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • 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
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Acceptance Training
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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