Laurie received her Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) in 1997 from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. She was Level I and II EMDR trained in 2014, and received her certification in EMDR in January 2017.
Since finishing graduate school, Laurie has worked at the clinical level with individuals as young as 4 and as old as 89. She worked for several years with children and adolescents in foster care and who were separated from their families, children and adolescents in the process of being adopted, as well as with parents whose children had been removed from their homes. She has helped people who have experienced single episode as well as complex developmental trauma, grief and loss, family difficulties, physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse, and a variety of other challenges that disrupt their ability to trust themselves and those around them.
She has additionally helped people with a variety of diagnostic problems, including anxiety, depression, attachment disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance use disorders, phobias, post traumatic stress disorders, panic disorders, and dissociative disorders.
The foundation of Laurie's practice is to be a source of support, encouragement, and hope for her clients. She utilizes an approach that stresses compassion, acceptance, and safety first. She values cultural competence, mindfulness, strengths-based and client-centered interventions, and believes that the seed of healing is already within each client who steps through the door. She hopes to be of help to anyone seeking relief from their suffering.