About Laura

Mental Health & Addiction Therapist. Professional Mindfulness Instructor. Freelance Writer.

Our humanness can drive us to unexpected places, and as dark and painful as this may be, those same places offer us a chance to find our courage, strength, beauty, and grace.

I have a very small private practice offering evidenced-based therapeutic mindfulness.

Outside of my private practice, I advocate for Mindful HealthCare & Recovery as a consultant for organizations, prison rehabilitation, and community leaders. I also write professionally as a means to support mindfulness in the field.


Work-Life: I am a licensed mental health counseling associate and addiction therapist. I’ve been specializing solely in evidence-based MBI’s (mindfulness-based interventions) since my professional MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) training with Jon-Kabat Zinn in 2008. As a former mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia School of Medicine, I’ve been offering Therapeutic Mindfulness and Mindful Recovery in Charlottesville, Va. and now in Washington State, supporting client’s alternative choices for mental and behavioral health.

For the past 15+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 minimalist philosophy to improve human health, mindfulness training for professionals, and faith-based counseling.

My Approach:

Education & Self-Inquiry. As a former adjunct 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 mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s), research-based therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC’s), and minimalist philosophy 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 to support people who want more than the status quo

I am more influenced by my formal mindfulness training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, my Christian foundations, 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 and Current Practice:

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 regarding treatment. I continue efforts toward a healthcare model that reduces pharmacology and empowers patients’ self-reliance over their own mental and physical well-being.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer