getting started

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron

Welcome to Wayfarers Counseling.  Counseling is a journey of self discovery, uniquely supported by a caring, trained professional with whom anything can be shared in confidence. Often people come into therapy because they are immensely overwhelmed by life circumstances and feel a need to get the perspective or advice of an “outside party”. People may arrive at the therapist’s office confused and overwhelmed; anxious or depressed; numb and disconnected; angry all of the time; hypervigilant and unable to relax; feeling like they have lost everything that matters to them due to a behavior they can’t seem to control; or that they have been running from their past for too long and they know they can no longer avoid the secrets that haunt them.

While self discovery might seem a lofty goal when one is suffering deeply, I believe firmly that the opposite is true. Often people have to feel intense pain before they decide something has to change—and this is where the work of self-discovery begins. In fact advice is rarely required in the therapy office. As clients become more clear on who they are, they learn to tune into their own wisdom and to trust their own ability to make good choices. Discovering one’s capacity for healthy self-leadership (defined by Richard Schwartz, the founder of Internal Family Systems Therapy, as “leadership characterized by compassion, calmness, clarity, curiosity, confidence, courage, creativity, and connectedness,”) is one of the most important things that can happen through the course of a therapy process.

I blend many approaches and theoretical models into my work, including, but not limited to: strengths-based therapy, systems theory, family systems theory, existential therapy, humanistic therapy, person-centered therapy, sand tray therapy, and evidence-based trauma therapy influenced and informed by EMDR, mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems. To learn more about me and my background please click here. In particular, I specialize in the treatment of: Simple and Complex Post Traumatic Stress 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, and Coping with Chronic Illness.

I encourage everyone to take the time to find a clinician who is the best fit for their needs, and with whom they feel safe and comfortable. It is my wish for anyone who is reading this that if you are currently seeking support, you find that person. Please take the time to read over my website so you can learn a little bit more about what I have to offer. 

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