Hello! I am so happy that you have found my page. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Laura and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. If you are saying “a licensed what?” here is a great link about MFTS explaining who we are and what we do.
Okay, so now that you know what an MFT is (as I am sure you clicked that link and are in awe of the amazingness that is a Marriage and Family Therapist) let me tell you a little about myself and my practice. I work in private practice in South Windsor CT and have been for almost 2 years – I am loving it. Prior to that I worked in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) running groups and doing family therapy for Adolescents and children. What is a PHP/IOP program you may ask? In a nutshell its either a step-down for children coming out of in patient treatment for depression/anxiety/behavioral issues or used as a deterrent to in patient – essentially it’s treatment for some of the most severe kiddos. It was an amazing experience and I loved the kids I worked with as well as my amazing coworkers. Prior to that I worked doing in home family therapy for kids involved in the court system and at risk for more involvement. That was a great learning experience and challenged me both professionally and personally!
Obviously I have some significant experience working with kids and still very much enjoy working with teens in my practice. As I have grown and developed, my interest area has shifted more toward women and women’s issues. I am currently working on trainings to build my practice to treat post-partum issues in women and couples as well as to offer more extensive couples treatment options.
So now thats all out the way I can get a little personal. When I am not doing therapy or being in therapy myself – if you stick with me you will learn I have no qualms about admitting to how my own therapy led me to being a therapist #endthestigma – I enjoy spending time with my husband, and my two beautiful and energetic little girls. I love running and yoga and am a cranky beast without them. I am not myself if I am not currently reading something and I love all things fantasy. Much to my embarrassment as an adult woman, I also enjoy a good RPG (for those not super geeky that would be short for role playing video game) and have been known to get in on my husband’s COD (Call of Duty) games as well.
That’s pretty much it! I hope that this blog is useful in stimulating conversations on the therapy process, on self as therapist, as well as for my current clients to learn, grow, and challenge themselves!