About Laurie

Experienced, Professional Psychotherapist

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Experience

I have more than 10 years of experience working with teens, families and couples in the mental health field. I’ve worked as a Family Therapist at an adolescent drug treatment program, as a Family and Individual Therapist at a small community-based mental health agency in Portland, and in private practice at Life Motion Counseling. Much of my work has been in community-based settings with individuals, families, teens and children with intensive therapy and crisis intervention needs. Through this work, I’ve developed the ability to address a wide variety of mental health needs and have had the pleasure to work with many wonderful people who have taught me about gratitude and the idea that we are all doing the best we can in any given moment.

Education

I am a Family Therapist and Professional Counselor with a specialization in addictions studies. I am a Licensed Couples and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I have a BA in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Me

I am a native Oregonian who has lived in other places but always seem to return home. In my previous life, I was a high tech marketing executive which is an interesting balance to being a therapist. I think that it has given me a wider perspective about the world. In conjunction with my community work, I have a wide understanding of the pressures that modern people and families face. I am a mother of two amazing tween/teen humans who have given me the opportunity to change and grow and understand the art and challenges of parenting. I take care of myself by running, playing soccer and pursuing other physical and expressive activities. I am often exploring things in regards to mindfulness, gratitude, and community connection. I have a wealth of life experience to draw from in supporting families and people when they are struggling and growing. I enjoy being a therapist and find it to be energizing to collaborate with clients as they work to create more fulfilling lives or overcome obstacles that have gotten in their way.