Dr. Marie Laurent

PhD, LBS

Dr. Marie Laurent

PhD, LBS

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Behavior Specialist - BH002531
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Fees: We accept Insurance, call for more details on fee.
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Weekend Availability
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Offices

4239 Penn Avenue
Suite 11
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania 19608

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My Approach to Helping

At Optimum Care Counseling and Wellness Services, or OCCWS, our staff of trained professionals will provide a safe and comfortable environment for our clients in which to explore their feelings, thoughts, and emotions about their struggles–relationships, poor self-esteem, feelings of sadness or hopelessness, life obstacles, addiction, grief, illness–as well as any other problems, internal or external. Our goal is to help guide our clients, in a warm and non-judgmental manner, into making decisions or changes in their lives.

We use effective, proven counseling methods such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an evidence/goal-based treatment of the ‘source’ of problems and struggles – the negative thought patterns and behaviors that underlie them. With CBT, the counselor and client work together at identifying these negative thought patterns and behaviors and changing them.

We work with our clients to help each one use their individual strengths to gain insight into their problems and feel more in control of their lives that will help them transform into realistic, healthy, and positive thought patterns and behaviors.

More Info About My Practice

The world of counseling is diverse and offers many types of therapy. Each person who enters treatment has different mental health issues and thus different emotional needs. All human beings have struggles and life challenges. Depending on what an individual is dealing with or which mental illness the person has, can determine what sort of therapy will work best for them. Some people are looking to talk to someone, so they feel emotionally validated.

Perhaps they need advice on how to handle their life problems. Other people need therapy to confront mental illness and develop healthy coping mechanisms. The good news is as a client; you have many options as to what kind of therapy you choose, whether it’s Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychoanalysis, exposure therapy, or DBT, there are many ways to get well. Here is a list of articles describing the different types of counseling.

Therapy is a place where you spend a dedicated amount of time talking to a mental health professional regularly. When you pursue therapy, you’ll see a psychologist, a social worker, or perhaps a licensed mental health counselor. These professionals are there to help you work through any problems that you’re experiencing in your life. No topic is off-limits in therapy. It’s your time to talk about what’s going on with you as an individual. You might go to therapy to treat mental health issues, or you might head in to talk about stressors in your daily life. Therapy can be conducted in a variety of ways, and different kinds of therapy will help different people. When you look for a therapist, you might come across professionals who practice psychodynamic therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), which is a modified form of CBT, or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is used to treat trauma. It might take a couple of tries to find the right therapist and the most effective form of therapy for you, but once you find the right fit, it’s sure to be a game-changer.

Therapy is the process where an individual works with a mental health professional to develop coping skills, work through problems, and handle mental health issues. It’s a place where people can go when moving through tricky life transitions, navigating relationship problems, and work on any other life issues or challenges that may arrive. Therapy is what you make of it. It’s a place where you’re in charge. You can use the time to vent about your daily life issues, talk about change and transition, and more. Therapy is a place where you communicate with a mental health professional who can help you grow as an individual.

Wellness is a difficult word to define. Traditionally wellness has meant the opposite of illness and the absence of disease and disability. More recently wellness has come to describe something that you have personal control over.

Wellness is now a word used to describe living the best possible life you can regardless of whether you have a disease or disability. Your wellness is not only related to your physical health, but is a combination of things including spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness, and emotional wellness. Wellness is seen as a combination of mind, body, and spirit. Different people may have different ideas about wellness. There is no single set standard for wellness and wellness is a difficult thing to quantify.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Legal Documentation
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Medication Management
  • Psychiatric Consultation
  • Residential Treatment or Hospitilization
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emptiness
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Men's Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Physical Abuse
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Harm
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
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