Laura Brightwood, LCSW, M-Div, Clinical Social Work in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514

Laura Brightwood, LCSW, M-Div

Laura Brightwood, LCSW, M-Div
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Laura Brightwood, LCSW, M-Div

Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - C004037
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 18330
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
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Office 1
1829 East Franklin Street
Suite 200A
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
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  • Accessible Parking
  • Service Animals Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible Building
  • Wheelchair Accessible Restroom

Billing and Insurance

I am an in-network provider for:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Optum Health
  • Out of Network Provider
  • State Health Plan
  • UMR
  • United Behavioral Health
  • ValueOptions

Fees: Intake = $130.00, 55-60 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

I welcome all people regardless or race, ethnicity, gender, religion (or none). LGBTQIA affirming. I am in-network with a variety of Insurances. My customary (private pay) rates are $110 per 50-60 minute session and $130 for the initial 60-minute Intake session. My office is located in the east end of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I have been a practicing clinician for over 20 years. My work with people is relational, with a deep appreciation for story, compassion, sensory information, nature, the relationship between thoughts and emotions, and your power to change your life if you have enough time and will to change it. However, it won't be easy.

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

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

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

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