Laura, a LGPC, working under the supervision of Jennifer Valenta, LCSW-C.
Laura has been on a 25-year path, landing her here with Anchor Counseling Centers. Her catalyst, her first husband passed away in 1998 in a construction site fatal accident while working. Their daughters were 8 and 10 at the time of his death. This might explain why Laura’s emphasis is in bereavement in all forms, whether it be job loss, divorce, re-location, illness, or death of a loved one. Her understanding and life experiences of loss grants her the ability to relate to care-receivers and the impact their losses have on their lives and current circumstances.
Laura spent 12 years as a trained Stephen Minister (lay ministry) in her church, and gleaned the experience in which she joyfully utilized her natural gift of empathy and non-judgment. She is impassioned with learning about her care-receiver’s lives (joys and sorrows alike), and as she does that she will uniquely incorporate into her client-centered approach, components of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, personality trait inventory (Enneagram), reflective listening, and a process (not progress) oriented approach to designing a therapist/client authored healing path to improved mental wellness. Each client is unique and therefore their journey – unique.
Laura looks forward to walking beside each and every client. Laura believes in the benefits of group therapy, journaling, art/music therapy, and any faith or belief system a client may cleave.
Laura comes to Anchor Counseling as a MS in Mental Health and Wellness with emphasis in Bereavement graduate from Grand Canyon University. Laura is also a Frederick Health Hospice trained volunteer. She is pursuing her certification in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education as well as training in the Gottman Couple’s Therapy Method. Her experience as a counselor has been with adults and geriatrics. Laura is however, looking to expanding to include adolescents and children.
Laura is a mother of two daughters and a relatively new “LaLa” to her 1.5-year-old grandson. She was raised in the Christian belief from baby on and still clings to her Christian (Lutheran) belief.
In her spare time, Laura can usually be caught crafting, painting rooms, crocheting, baking/cooking, playing Dominoes, socializing in restaurants, jigsaw puzzles, loving her dog Radar, and cat Sammy, and taking care of her lawn, gardens, and chickens.