Specializations & Experience
Laura has 9 years of experience working at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver. There she gained expertise in treating eating disorders, co-occuring disorders such as mood disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, grief & loss, and difficulties with identify and life transitions. She also has experience working with families struggling from domestic violence and works with children and adolescents with developmental and behavioral disorders. Her work experience also includes teaching art to groups of children and adolescents.
Through her work as an art therapist she has been able to witness the healing potential in art-making, the guidance towards growth through insight gained from imagery, and the joy of sharing creative experiences with others. Laura has facilitated art therapy assessments to assist in conceptualizing clients’ presenting problems, assess one’s current level of functioning, and to help establish more meaningful treatment goals. She has educated the local community and national audiences at conferences, universities, and workshops on art therapy and eating disorders, with particular interest in binge eating disorder, trauma, and body image.
Laura works to heal the whole person(s) through a focus on the mind/body/spirit connection. She supports clients to live a life with peace of mind and believe in individual empowerment to make healthy choices. Her desire is to help others approach experiences with curiosity and to seek out the simple joys life may have to offer when we are truly connected to ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Through verbal discussion and/or artistic expression we will explore:
MIND: Shift self-criticism to self-curiosity, challenge fears that prevent change, understand core beliefs & unhealthy thinking patterns
BODY: Relieve tension, create concrete expressions of internal experience, self- soothe, practice emotion regulation, develop distress tolerance skills
SPIRIT: Identify authentic self & values, enhance relationships (to self and others),
discover your own inner healer, connect to universal human experiences such as joy
and grief , explore spiritual connections
We will build from what you already know about yourself and add new awareness in order to move into the future with confidence. We will explore the fears that keep you feeling stuck, inadequate, confused, powerless or hopeless. We will practice acceptance and compassion towards yourself rather than judgment and criticism. We will set attainable goals and take pride in the little steps. You will be encouraged to reconnect to your authentic values that provide a guide rather than a destination for your future.
Laura practices with many specialties such as:
Individual Counseling: Uses a wholistic approach
Child/Adolescent: Uses a family-based approach.
Grief and Loss
Laura’s experience includes:
• Private Practice– Created successful practices
For her services you may pay by cash,
credit card, or check.
Please call 314.730.2780
for more information
MA in Art Therapy Counseling - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
BA in Art History and Sociology - Bradley University
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
ATR - Registered Art Therapist
American Art Therapy Association
Colorado Art Therapy Association
Missouri Art Therapy Association