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Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC007425), Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (S1987), and Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor (#547). She received Master of Science and Education Specialist degrees in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Additionally, Laura has received post-graduate training in Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy. Since 2010 Laura has served children, parents, and families in a variety of settings including SafePath Children's Advocacy Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Cobb County School District. 

 

Laura's specialties are play therapy and parent-child relationships. She serves children, teens, young adults, parents, and families coping with adjustment to life changes, grief and loss, anxiety, trauma, and depression. Laura offers individual, family, and play therapy in her office located near Chastain Park. She also offers parent consultations, trainings, and workshops to youth-serving organizations.

In her work with children, teens and young adults Laura approaches each individual with a mutual respect. She does not view herself as an authority figure over her young clients, rather an ally in their corner. Although Laura provides guidance and support to families, she believes in a young person's natural tendency toward growth. Throughout her life and career she has observed that children are capable of extraordinary resilience. Because every child is unique in their own way Laura seeks to identify and encourage each individual child's strengths and interests. Children who participate in play therapy experience an accepting relationship where they can explore their feelings and express their needs. In turn, these children uncover their capabilities and return to their homes and schools with a renewed sense of confidence.

 

In addition to Laura's work with children and teens, she loves to work with parents. Whether a parent is seeking individual counseling to process and cope with the impact of parenting on their selfhood or a parent is in search of parenting solutions, Laura offers parents a space to honor their needs in the family system. 

 

Outside of the office, Laura's favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband and two children. She loves to read, travel, and spend time outdoors. 

Education:

 

B.A., Psychology, Agnes Scott College, 2008

M.S., Professional Counseling, Georgia State University, 2010

Ed.S., Professional Counseling, Georgia State University, 2013

 

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