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|Professions: Mental Health Counselor, Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LPCS|
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Dr. Maya Angelou told us, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." In the therapy process, words are spoken, feelings are processed, and plans are developed and implemented. You may look back and say you don't recall the finite details of therapeutic interactions, but you will likely recall that I supported you as you learned how to reframe your thoughts, accept your imperfections, and empowered you as you devised a new action plan for life.
My approach to therapy is generally integrative, as I tend to use evidence-based treatments that suit individuals, based on needs and expectations. I pride myself on being approachable, connected, and flexible while encouraging clients to "do the hard work" on their own between sessions. I believe positive results are not just possible, they are probable, with therapist-client conviction. I am a proponent of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as Internal Family Systems and EMDR. I am a lifelong researcher and learner, always seeking to expand my base of knowledge and understanding, to better help my clients.
Email or Call Laura Greenlee at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 43941
More Info About My Practice
My deep interests include developmental trauma, and how it can impact problematic relationships and health problems across the lifespan. I have studied and written about attachment theory, and I am a proponent of healthy, intentional parenting to curtail attachment issues that could emerge in adulthood. I help motivate fearful, resistant clients, including men and boys, to trust the therapeutic process and find connection. I am an advocate of social justice, promoting humanism in the workplace, the justice system, and beyond, and I advocate for and support those who feel marginalized, including those with invisible disabilities. I adhere to the tenants of positive psychology and use a strength-based approach to therapy.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Connecting and empowering resistant clients, including men and boys is one of my passions. I enjoy helping design tangible and effective plans of action for clients once barriers and obstacles to change are identified. I help parents establish effective plans for discipline with spirited and challenging children/adolescents. I assist those who are emotionally suppressed or who lack motivation due to fear of failure, underachievement, undiagnosed learning, and behavioral difficulties, and difficulty maintaining focus. I help individuals and couples learn how to improve communication with partners, emphasizing empathy and "perspective taking." I empower girls and women as they find their voices and build confidence. I assist in overcoming the fear of exposure....or "being in" and working through the often devastating symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, loss (death and relationship breakups) and feelings of "not being enough." I encourage individuals experiencing life crises to develop self-compassion as they navigate through uncertainty.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Unpacking your personal and confidential information with empathic listeners can be terrifying, but eventually empowering. I don't label, judge, or dictate what you should do; you are the captain of your ship, and you choose your destination. Goals are rarely met in life without considerable effort, moving beyond feelings of resistance, and potentially experiencing the fear and discomfort related to "exposure," which is necessary to achieve " acceptance." It is normal and natural to experience reticence about the therapy process. Therapists are ethically trained to ensure clients' needs, desires, and overall well-being are always paramount, so if there is a concern the process is not progressing as hoped and planned, ethics dictate that we discuss alternative plans.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
The purpose of psychotherapy is not to obtain advice on how to make changes, or for a therapist to fix a client's problems. Instead, psychotherapists learn about, study, and internally connect to clients, using nonconfrontational inquiry methods to help motivate clients to make choices to resolve their own problems. Psychotherapists offer suggestions based on sound psychological research and experience. The ultimate goal of the therapy process is to empower clients to become the authority or expert of their own change process and to become aware of and motivated to find healthy ways of thinking and behaving.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The stigma of seeking mental health treatment is not an issue today like it once was. Most everyone...whether experiencing situational adjustment issues, or chronic feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or anxiety, benefits from sharing their stories with empathic listeners, especially those who are trained to alleviate the pain, shame, guilt, doubt, pridefulness, and humiliation we ALL feel at times in our lives. Many of us were raised hearing the words, "just let it go, don't let anyone see you cry, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, and only share problems with family." These words are rarely effective, and can even exacerbate issues, driving people into dangerous habits, addictions, and negative thinking/behaviors that emerge later in life, and adversely impact overall health.
Research reveals what most predicts therapeutic success is a compassionate relationship between the client and the therapist. According to psychotherapist Carl Rogers, founder of person-centered therapy and humanistic psychology, suggested that in order to make positive connections with clients, a therapist must be (a) empathetic, (b) genuine, and (c) show unconditional positive regard for clients (respect).
Services I Provide
- Clinical Supervision
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
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