Laurie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children who may be struggling with behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and other trauma related issues. She is passionate about providing therapy to children and their families, and has training and experience in play therapy. Laurie utilizes a combination of child-centered therapy, strengths-based, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy with her clients. Laurie provides a mindful, kind, and genuine environment, where clients are able to express themselves and feel safe. She is confident that every child is unique and has strengths, and that through play therapy, the child will be able to discover and utilize their strengths and unique qualities. She has always enjoyed working with children of all ages and is very passionate about providing the time and space for her clients to express their thoughts and feelings.
Laurie completed a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, from the University of Houston-Downtown, in 2007. She earned a Master’s of Science in Social Work, with a concentration in clinical studies, from the University of Houston in 2010. She has seven years of experience working in a hospital setting providing crisis intervention and mental health crisis counseling to patients in the hospital. She has worked with clients of all ages and provided therapy for various issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health needs. She provided collaborative services to doctors and multi-disciplinary teams to establish effective mental health treatment recommendations for her patients. She has also worked for an early head start program providing social and therapeutic services to children and families.
Prior to becoming a therapist, Laurie worked in the school setting as an hourly lecturer in the classroom and worked for the City of Houston, Mayor's Anti-Gang program. In 2011, Laurie completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. She has also completed an introduction to Zen Meditation course and utilizes yoga and mindfulness techniques in her practice with clients, as well as personally. She is also a veteran and has served on active duty and as a reservist in the United States Coast Guard for 18 years. She truly enjoys service to others and working to assist and empower others who may be in need.
2010, Masters of Science in Social Work, University of Houston
2007, Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Houston-Downtown
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners (TSBWSE) - License 54941
Registered Play Therapist (in training)
Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Yoga Register Track, 200-Hour Teacher Training Program Certification
Depelchin Children's Center, Registered Play Therapist Certification Series (in progress)
Member, Association For Play Therapy (APT)
Member, Sam Houston Association For Play Therapy (SHAPT)
Member, International Association of Trauma Professionals
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training-Level I and II, PESI
Advanced Mindfulness Certification, PESI