I am dedicated to rendering to individuals, married couples, groups or the general public a service involving the application of clinical counseling principles and tools for the purpose of helping clients achieve social, personal, career and emotional goals. I agree to respect the rights of those persons seeking my assistance and make reasonable efforts to ensure that my services are used appropriately. I do not discriminate against or refuse service to anyone on the basis of race, sex, religion or national origin.
Laura holds a Masters of Arts degree (2010) in Counseling from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. This degree encompasses 72 credit hours of courses in the study of theology and counseling. Laura also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Depauw University.
Currently, Laura holds counseling licenses in the states of Michigan and North Carolina. In addition, Laura is fully certified in an effective form of trauma therapy known as EMDR. This form of therapy treats those with complex trauma and residual PTSD symptoms.
Laura is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She is also a member with the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Laura has been in a clinical private practice setting since 2010. Her clinical focus is concentrated within the specific areas of Women’s Issues and Couples Counseling. It is Laura’s passion to help women (spanning the ages of 17 through late adulthood) find hope and strength for change. This encompasses interpersonal and intrapersonal issues, marital relationships, friendships, working relationships, parent - child relationships etc. She works with women in the areas of self esteem, boundary issues, body image, self concept, depression/anxiety, communication, assertiveness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and spiritual growth. Laura is passionate about using spiritual tools rooted in biblical principles and a Christian worldview. Scripture, prayer, meditation and journaling are utilized if the client desires.
Laura also has a passion for couples/marital therapy. Her desire is for men and women to pursue greater depth in marriage, not falling into a place of mediocrity and complacency. Laura addresses issues of love, respect, trust, communication, unmet needs, wounds from the past, emotional and physical intimacy.
Laura has a primary obligation to respect the confidentiality of her clients and the information obtained during the counseling session. She reveals such information to others only with the consent of the person or person’s legal representative, except in those unusual circumstances in which not to do so would result in clear danger to the person or to others.
“I met Laura during some of the darkest days of my life. I have never considered myself a “depressed” woman. As a happily married mom of two young girls who loves God, these dark days hit hard and fast; a train wreck. I will be forever grateful for Laura’s presence, kind eyes, listening ears, loving heart, wise counsel and supportive encouragement. All of which helped lead me to where I am today; on a beautiful journey of recovery and healing.”
Husband: "Laura let me be more vulnerable than other counselors. It was okay to let my real feelings out without worrying about how it sounded or might make me look. I never feared judgment and because of that, my wife was able to hear honestly where I was at - I was able to be heard - and then Laura helped us work through it."
Wife: "As a woman, I wasn't ashamed or embarrassed or afraid talking with another woman in front of my husband. Laura supported me when I deserved support and she supported my husband when I was being selfish which showed me she was there to heal our marriage, not take sides and not judge us individually - she showed us that our marriage and our relationship was more than the two of us separately by respecting our relationship when we had forgotten how to."
"Laura's counseling has helped me to realize that it is alright to be different and speak my mind. Counseling has helped me to find boundaries to protect myself and has also helped me to believe that my struggles will eventually get better."
~ Teen Girl
* Eye Movement Desensitation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been stored in memory properly and are said to be unprocessed or blocked. These traumatic memories may need some help to become processed, and EMDR is one way to do this.
* 2018 Psychology Tools
“EMDR therapy completely changed my life. I’ll be honest. When I first heard about it, I was skeptical. I thought “How could this EMDR therapy possibly work?” But let me tell you, IT REALLY DOES! I knew I had "stuff" in my history that affected me but I had no idea how much it affected me nor how different my life could be if I could just get my brain beyond the traumas that had occurred when I was young. I also learned that traumas are not always things that have occurred but can also be words spoken to me that had lasting effects.
After going through EMDR for two particular issues, I see my life and myself in a whole new way. For the first time in thirty plus years, I truly believe deep down in my innermost core that I am a Child of God. I know now that I am a person with worth, not a disappointment or a mistake. God has created me for a purpose that only He knows but is revealing to me step by step, day by day.
I like to explain it in this way. I was a caterpillar feeling all snug and safe in my cocoon of protection that I had wrapped around myself. After going through EMDR therapy, I have broken out of that cocoon and have become the butterfly that God created me to be. I’m still learning to use my wings but each day I get a little stronger and a little more confident. I cannot wait to see all that God has planned for me with my restored outlook.”
"Before doing EMDR, I was having panic attacks daily or anytime a “trigger” from certain past events in my life would come up.
Living paralyzed by fear, I was having such a difficult time believing this long season would end. Laura suggested EMDR and let me tell you, my life is SO completely different!
To say I am thankful is an understatement. My attacks are basically non existent and if I feel one coming on, I am able to calm myself down before it even happens or if it does happen, I calm down within two minutes when it used to take hours. It truly is life changing.
I know the EMDR process may sound so strange or a long shot when you are drowning in panic attacks, open wounds or a season that just feels hopeless. But truly, it is such a God send and I’m so incredibly thankful I took the leap of faith in doing EMDR.
To hear my husband and friends say how I seem so much happier and at peace is such a testimony to the work the Lord has done through this trauma therapy. I cannot say enough how thankful I am! If you are on the fence, I encourage you to do it.
Your healing is worth it!"
Being a woman in the 21st century is complex and challenging. There is so much vying for our attention. The demands of marriage, family, work, health and maintaining relationships produces a tremendous amount of stress for the modern day woman. At every turn, there are multiple tasks to complete and responsibilities to fulfill. So much is expected from us. It's no wonder that we are left feeling tired, frustrated, lonely, troubled and weary.
It is Laura’s desire to "speak into" the lives of women in all seasons of life. She would love to meet with you face 2 face; sit with you, talk with you, journey with you...
Laura’s role with a this type of counseling is different than that of individual counseling. She is ”for” the marriage as a unit. Therefore, if there is ever a time when it is appropriate for her to meet with each individual separately, it must be understood that all information disclosed in those individual sessions will be accessible to all parties involved in order to benefit the relationship.
Laura is able to share general themes that your daughter and she are discussing in the therapeutic setting, but she is not able to disclose specifics. This is to ensure that your daughter trusts Laura and that F2F Counseling is a safe place to share what is on her heart. It is important for parents to note that at all times, Laura will encourage a healthy and loving relationship between the teenager and her parents. If ever Laura feels that there is something that needs to be discussed with parents, she will encourage the client to do so. Laura understands that it can be difficult for parents not knowing everything that is discussed but the counseling process will not work otherwise.
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Located in downtown Grand Haven (near Central Park)…Face2Face Counseling serves those in need throughout West Michigan
512 Washington Ave. Suite B
Across the street from GH City Hall. We share the parking lot with St. John’s Episcopal Church. Our entrance is on the backside of the building.
Face2Face Counseling accepts the following insurance plans…Priority Health, BCBS, BCN, Aetna, Magellan, ASR/Physicians Care