Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
Laura specializes in helping children learn to express themselves in a safe and healthy manner, in addition to helping parents find effective ways to respond and manage challenging behaviors in their children, including those behaviors associated with ADHD, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder.
Victims of Trauma
What is traumatic to one person may not be to another. There are many forms of trauma that an individual can experience, including but not limited to: physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, neglect, traumatic accidents or disasters, illnesses, separation from a parent, divorce, perception of abandonment by a parent or caretaker, bullying or rejection from peers.
Adopted children and families, Foster children
Laura has extensive training, experience and success in helping parents, foster parents, and adoptive parents learn about the core beliefs and underlying needs of children who have behavioral, developmental, and emotional challenges as a result of their early histories. She can provide parents with proven skills and techniques that are most effective with children who have difficulty trusting and attaching and seem to be in a constant power struggle. Behaviors associated with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) and/or Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) can be very draining for parents, and Laura has successfully helped many parents and children significantly reduce the tension and constant stress in the home.
Children of divorce and blended families often have feelings of insecurity and abandonment, which will present themselves in different ways, such as anger, depression, mood swings, anxiety, low self-esteem, attention seeking, and manipulation. Laura can help parents understand what is happening underneath those behaviors and help their child heal, while working with the children to improve their emotion regulation, communication and problem solving abilities.
Therapy can be an effective treatment for those who:
- feel anxious, stressed and find difficulty coping with the burdens of life
- experience underlying sadness or are struggling with a bereavement/ loss
- feel continuously ‘stuck in a rut’
- lack confidence or feel they are not fulfilling their potential
- experience codependency
- experience difficulty making or sustaining productive relationships
- are experiencing a life-crisis brought on by changing circumstances, eg divorce, work related problems, cultural change
- suffer from anxiety or obsessive thoughts
- live with disability, chronic health or somatic difficulties
- have experienced trauma, neglect or abuse
- are seeking personal growth/creative development.
People can be uncertain about therapy, feeling that if they have a problem they ought to be able to simply talk it over with family or friends. Yet often it is not that simple. Our family and friends are intimately involved with us. At certain times, or with particular issues, it might be hardest for those closest to us to be able to help. We may feel there is something we want to say but we don’t know how to say it.
With an experienced and qualified psychotherapist however, the difficulty is eased. As your therapist, I am an outsider who listens to you in confidence and without judgment. I encourage you to talk freely about whatever is on your mind, to feel more resilient, and obtain a more clear understanding of your relationship with yourself and others.
Laura is engaged in private practice in northern Arizona, and her availability is flexible, including some evenings.