Dr.Laura's treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. She incorporates a blend of conventional and alternative approaches, drawing upon an eclectic variety of techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each individual client. With sensitivity and compassion, humor and perspective, she works with each client to help them build on their strengths, heal from past (or current) issues, and/or identify and achieve life goals.
She works with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are: domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, forensic psychology and other trauma related issues as well as depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger management, LBGTQ, grief and loss, trauma, mid-life changes and related issues, divorce and changing families, and other relationship issues.
In addition to her counseling practice , Dr. Laura is a adjunct professor at Hodges University where she created and teaches a masters level counseling trauma course in the mental health counseling program. She has also been an adjunct at Florida Gulf Coast University in the criminal justice program. Dr. Laura also provides training seminars and presentations at conferences and local human services agencies on domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape, trauma, addictions, and forensic psychology.
Dr. Laura served as the Clinical Director of Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT) which provides residential and non-residential services for victims of domestic and sexual violence for more than 10 years. In addition to her supervisory duties, she continued to provide a great deal of direct clinical, case management and advocacy services to clients.
In addition to her work with victims of domestic and sexual violence, she created and facilitated a juvenile domestic violence diversion program for teens arrested for domestic violence and their families.
She also spent three and a half years doing weekly domestic violence, sexual assault and anger management education with both adult male and female inmates in the Lee County Correctional System.
Over the years, Dr. Laura has been an active member of several Southwest Florida community organizations and professional boards. She served as a past president for both the Lee County Homeless Coalition and the Southwest Florida Trauma Recovery Network. She served as a member of the Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Task Force and Board of Directors of the Family Resources Center (a not-for-profit agency offering supervised visitation). In addition, the Dr. has served an 8 year term on the Lee County Fatality Review Board and a 6 year term on the Lee County Human Relations Review Board (formally EEOC Review Board). Currently she is serving on the Board of Directors for Visuality (a not-for profit organization)providing services and support to LBGTQ teens and young adults.
Dr. Laura is (or has been) a member of several professional
organizations, including: Florida Coalition Against Domestic
Violence, Lee County Homeless Coalition, Family Resource Center
Board of Directors, Visuality Board, Southwest Florida Trauma
Recovery Network, and Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Task
Force, American Counseling Association, and the Lee County
Association of Family Law Professionals.
Dr. Laura is married and has a 16 year old son. She is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but has lived in Fort Myers, Florida since 1987.
I'd been through many therapists in my life. Finally a therapist who has helped me deal with and get past all my issues. She's so easy to talk to and I always feel better when I leave.
When I met Dr. Laura, I was at a very low point in my life. Her non-judgmental, no nonsense approach allowed me to make significant progress in a short period of time.
Dr Laura walked me through one of the hardest times in my life. Her insight and strait-forward manner were just what I needed. I highly recommend her!