About Laura

Mindfulness-Based Therapist. Addiction Recovery Specialist. Human Development Educator.
Contributing writer for Psychology Today, Psych Central, and The Fix. 

You deserve more than the status quo.

If current protocols of mental & behavioral health are effective, why do the number of Americans treated for such disruptions keep growing, and growing…? 

Work-Life: I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling and I am a fully trained mental health therapist and addiction counselor. As a former mindfulness instructor @ The University of Virginia School of Medicine and former professor of human development, I currently specialize in therapeutic mindfulness (privately) to support mental health and addiction recovery.

I maintain individual telemedicine sessions. I am also a contributing writer for Psych Central World of Psychology,  The Fix, No Sidebar, and Psychology Today.

For the past 10+years, I’ve been invested in mindfulness more specific to the male population in addiction recovery, opioid abuse, tapering from medication-assisted treatments (MAT), addictiveness (attachments & non-chemical addictions), and in clarifying the difference between traditional therapy and mindfulness. More recent work includes the value of minimalism to improve human health. 


My Approach:

Education & Self-Inquiry. As a former psychology professor, I have a strong focus on education; and as a mindfulness instructor, a strong focus on self-inquiry and stress management. It’s all stress: the stress of not knowing how to respond to the pain of being human and the struggle to be ourselves. 

I specialize in evidence-based mindfulness interventions (MBI’s), research-based therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC’s), and minimalism to help clients maintain a lifestyle of their choosing and to create new habitats within themselves. 


 Specialized Training:

As much as I appreciate my university education, years of clinical requirements for licensure, and various employment experiences within “the system” – I prefer to maintain footing outside of systematic protocols for mental and behavioral health in order to support people who need more than the status quo. 

I am more influenced by my formal mindfulness training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, my Christian foundations, lessons learned from regular Vipassana meditation retreats, and my direct experience being a beautifully messy human. 

Other specialized training includes; motivational interviewing, rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), appreciative practice, work with Dr. David Mee-Lee, neurological science, acupuncture detoxification, mind-body medicine, personal nutrition, and organizational psychology.


 History:

In Charlottesville, Va, I had a private mindfulness-based practice for 7 years, where I worked with an amazing medical team supporting clients struggling with opiate and alcohol addiction.

Prior to Charlottesville, I worked in a private substance abuse treatment center for professionals, taught at University, and ran a wellness program in N. Florida/S.Georgia offering mindfulness to organizations, universities, and integrative health centers. I participated in a two-year project focused on introducing mindfulness at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital under the direction of Mike Healy, founder of Mindful Living in Athens, Georgia. My beginnings were supported and inspired by Dr. John Mansberger (founder of Archbold Integrative Health) (currently retired) who specialized in the stress aspect of fibromyalgia.


 As an Advocate: 

I advocate for change in the current healthcare system (specifically mental & behavioral health) due to zero, poor, or lengthy outcomes. My mission is supported by research and a deep desire to make sure people are given more options in regard to treatment. I continue efforts toward a healthcare model that reduces pharmacology and empowers patients’ self-reliance over their own mental and physical well-being.

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