About Laura

Philosophy

My passion is for all of us to live life to the fullest.  We will encounter difficulties in our lives.  But if we can find a sense of meaning and purpose in these things, then we can reclaim hope and eventually fully engage in life again.  I want to equip people to live out the life they dream of.

For many people this is a spiritual journey. I work with people from a variety of faith backgrounds to understand how their worldview informs and gives hope in their situation. I do not judge or criticize anyone for their faith but attempt to help them draw upon spiritual resources in their process of healing. I have been trained in the integration of Christianity and psychology. I am able to offer a Christian counseling experience that incorporates prayer and the Word of God for those who desire.

Experience

I’ve provided individual and couples counseling in community clinics, public schools, and Christian non-profits.  I’ve presented workshops on depression, stress, burnout prevention, self-care, marriage, and divorce recovery.  I’ve led a number of process groups for teenagers.  Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked overseas with teenagers through Young Life.  I’ve also counseled overseas with missionaries in Africa, Asia, and Europe.  In addition to my professional experience, my own battle with cancer began a desire within me to work with those who suffer from chronic pain and illness.

Education
  • MS Degree in Marital & Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary,  School of Psychology
  • BA Degree in Psychology from UC San Diego
  • Trained in EMDR
Professional Licensure & Affiliations
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # MFC 44902
  • Adjunct Faculty Member at Azusa Pacific University, Dept of Undergraduate Psychology
  • Member of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists – CAMFT