getting started

Welcome to Wayfarers Counseling.  The name "wayfaring" literally means "one who is on the way".  To be successfully on one’s way there needs to be a vision of where one is headed, as well as the required tools and skills to reach that place. But first, there should be an understanding of how one arrived at their current station in life. For some people, to ask the question “how did I get here?” can take a lot of courage, as it may involve paying attention to pain they buried deep inside of them a long time ago. People who try to live their lives without dealing with this pain will recognize the truth of the following quote by Pema Chodron: “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

It goes without saying that every person is different, but what typically brings people into therapy is an awareness that they can no longer figure out their life, their feelings, their relationships, or their problems on their own. It is at these times when people tend to seek the support of a psychotherapist.  If you are reading this, maybe you have arrived at such a place yourself.  You may be feeling anxious or depressed; you may know that you have been avoiding dealing with the past for too long; you may be numb; you may be angry all of the time. 

Truthfully there are many different reasons that lead a person to pick up the phone and call a therapist for help.   What is most important is finding a clinician who is the best fit for your needs, and with whom you feel safe and comfortable.   It is my wish for you that if you are currently seeking support, you will find this person so that you can find your way.  Please take the time to learn more about my practice through reading over this website. I encourage you to contact me either by telephone or email if you would like to set up an appointment.  

Wayfarers Counseling specializes in treatment of:

  • Post Traumatic Stress & Anxiety Disorders

  • Depression and Mood Disorders

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Childhood Sexual Abuse Recovery

  • Recovery from Childhood Abuse and Neglect

  • Aging and Life Course Transitions

  • Caregiver Stress

  • Family Challenges

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Grief and Loss

  • Coping with an Illness

 

To learn more about how to reach Laurie, click here.