Services

Grief Counseling

for adults – Grief is not a problem to be fixed. Grief is an extension of love, and is a normal reaction to loving and losing something. When someone we love dies, it may feel as if everything we once knew as true has changed. We may have difficulty remembering things, completing day-to-day tasks, getting out of bed, and going to work. Our emotions may be all over the place – moving between anger, and sadness, and relief, and confusion, and back again. We may have trouble seeing the importance in things that once occupied our lives. We may have trouble relating to others. Our bodies may ache. These are all normal expressions of grief. Grief therapy can provide a safe and supportive space that allows us to have the hard conversations, experience whatever our grief looks like today, and provide a collaborative and holistic approach to finding a way to honor ourselves and our loved one in our new reality.   Grief therapy can support us in telling the story of what is, staying connected to what we have lost, and finding ways to reduce our suffering.  We provide grief therapy from a non-pathological, non-medicalized perspective.  Utilizing both mind and body approaches, we will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan specific to your needs.

for couples – When one or both parts of a couple have experienced a loss, the impact can affect the dynamics of the relationship. Partners may have trouble relating to each other and understanding the other’s point of view. We provide couples therapy from a non-pathological, non-medicalized, grief-informed perspective to provide support, psychoeducation on trauma and loss and its impacts on relationships, and to strengthen communication and coping skills within the relationship.

for families – If one family member or the family as a whole has experienced a loss, it will affect the dynamics of the family. Communication may become strained, family members may feel distant, or it may feel as if everyone is walking on eggshells. We provide family therapy from a non-pathological, non-medicalized, grief-informed perspective to provide support, psychoeducation on grief and loss and its impacts on the family system, and to strengthen communication and coping skills within the family unit.

for children – Children grieve too, and their grief can look different from an adult’s grief. Grief therapy can help young broken hearts to develop positive coping skills, normalize their thoughts and feelings, and find ways to memorialize their loved one in order to minimize maladaptive coping strategies further down the road. Grief therapy can help us learn how to adapt to our losses. We provide children’s grief therapy from a non-pathological, non-medicalized perspective.

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Trauma Therapy

for adults – Trauma is a subjective term.  What is traumatic for one person might not be traumatic for another.  Throughout our lives, we will all experience some degree of trauma.  A trauma can be a single event that is easy to pinpoint, such as experiencing an assault, a death, a rape, combat, a natural disaster, etc.  Trauma can also be created by an event or events that might not be so easy to pinpoint, and might be showing as symptoms such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, behavioral issues, relational problems, substance abuse, etc.  If, for whatever reason, we are not able to fully process our traumas, they will start getting in the way of our ability to lives to our fullest potential.  Trauma therapy can provide a safe space for us to be able to identify, sit with, and process past events to allow for more freedom and well-being in our lives. Trauma is healed by looking at it and learning how to integrate it into your life.  Utilizing both mind and body approaches, we will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan specific to your needs.

for couples – When one or both parts of a couple have experienced a trauma, the impact can affect the dynamics of the relationship. Partners may have trouble relating to each other and understanding the other’s point of view. We provide Gottman Method couples therapy from a trauma-informed perspective to provide psychoeducation on trauma and loss and its impacts on relationships, to build empathy and trust, and to strengthen communication and coping skills within the relationship. We are also Certified in Prepare/Enrich, and provide the Prepare/Enrich assessment and counseling for premarital, married, and committed partners.

for families – If one family member or the family as a whole has experienced a trauma or a loss, it will affect the dynamics of the family. Communication may become strained, family members may feel distant, or it may feel as if everyone is walking on eggshells. Trauma is healed by looking at it and learning how to integrate it into your life.  We provide family therapy from a trauma-informed perspective to provide psychoeducation on trauma and loss and its impacts on the family system, to build empathy and trust, and to strengthen communication and coping skills within the family unit.

for children – Traumatic events can greatly impact a child’s developing brain, sense of self, and sense of safety in the world.  Unprocessed traumas can impact children for the rest of their lives. Trauma is healed by looking at it and learning how to integrate it into your life.  Trauma therapy can help to develop positive coping skills, normalize children’s thoughts and feelings, and process events that have happened to them in order to minimize maladaptive coping strategies further down the road. 

for recent traumatic events –  Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) is an individual application of Early EMDR Intervention (EEI), which may be used to provide brief intervention in treating acute distress surrounding a recent traumatic event.  R-TEP can help survivors to process a traumatic event before trauma memories have been integrated, which may prevent later complications and strengthen resilience.

for groups – In the event of a traumatic event that has impacted a large group, such as a workplace or a large family, Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP) is a group application of Early EMDR Intervention (EEI).  G-TEP may be used to provide brief intervention in a group setting in treating acute distress surrounding a recent traumatic event.  G-TEP can help groups to process a traumatic event before trauma memories have been integrated, which may prevent later complications and strengthen resilience.

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Telehealth Virtual Therapy

Telehealth has been shown to have the same level of efficacy as in-person therapy.  Telehealth can save time and energy, and allow you to participate in therapy from the comfort of your own chosen location.  Telehealth can be a great option for people with very busy schedules, those who are trying to maintain a low profile, those suffering from chronic pain or anxiety that makes it difficult to leave the house, or those who simply prefer to do therapy in their pajamas.  Telehealth is offered on a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform and can be tailored to meet your individual needs.

 

Child Parent Psychotherapy

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention model for children ages 0-5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives, and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems. The treatment is based in attachment theory but also integrates psychodynamic, developmental, trauma, social learning, and cognitive behavioral theories. Therapeutic sessions include the child and parent or the primary caregiver. The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her caregiver as a vehicle for restoring the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning. Treatment also focuses on contextual factors that may affect the caregiver-child relationship.

Yoga for Mental Health

The philosophy and the physical practice of yoga can teach us how manage our breath, thoughts, emotions, and actions. We offer private mental health, grief, and trauma-informed yoga sessions that can be tailored to specific individual needs and abilities.  We can hold stress, grief, and trauma physically in our bodies, which may create chronic tension, pain, disconnection, or other physical dis-ease.  A yoga practice can help us to connect with both our breath and our body in order to relieve physical discomfort, learn greater self-regulation, cultivate greater interoception and self-awareness, and strengthen communication with self and others.  A yoga practice can also help us learn how to remain calm in an uncertain and chaotic world.

According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, or the “Bible” of yoga, yoga can be defined as “yogas chitta vritti nirodhah”.  In English, this means “yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind”.  No matter what our challenges are in life, yoga can help us to improve our mental well-being.

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MFT Clinical Supervision

Laura is an approved Clinical Supervisor by the AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and can provide clinical supervision to MFTs seeking independent licensure.

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