Meet Dr. Laura

 

Hi. I’m Dr. Laura Streyffeler. I am  an empowerment based, practical, interactive, and solution-focused therapist. My  treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. I incorporate 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, I work  with each client to help him or her build on their strengths, heal from past (or current) hurts, and/or  to identify and achieve life goals.

 I  work with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my  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, mid-life changes and related issues, divorce and changing families, trauma and relationship issues. 

In addition to my counseling practice , I am a adjunct professor at Hodges University where I created and teach a masters level counseling trauma course in the mental health counseling program. I have also been an adjunct at Florida Gulf Coast University in the criminal justice program. I  provide training  presentations  at conferences and local human services agencies on  domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape, trauma, addictions, and forensic psychology.

Education

I received my PhD from Capella University in the field of Human Services. I  also received a Master of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University in the field of Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Worcester State College.

Licenses, Certifications & Awards

I am  a licensed mental health counselor and as well as a credentialed expert in domestic violence and forensic counseling by the American Academy of Forensic Counselors.

I am also a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. I am listed in The National Registry of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and  a Member of the Premier Speakers Bureau for the National Center for Crisis Management.

In addition, I am a State of Florida Certified Clinical Supervisor for both masters level counseling interns and masters level counseling graduates who are working toward obtaining licensure as mental health counselor. I have  supervised and mentored 26 master level and licensed eligible interns over the past 11 years .

I  was a 1999 recipient of Florida’s Governors Peace at Home Award for stopping domestic violence.

Professional Activities

I  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, I continued to provide a great deal of direct clinical, case management and advocacy services to my clients .

In addition to my work with victims of domestic and sexual violence, I created and facilitated a juvenile domestic violence diversion program for teens arrested for domestic violence and their families.

I 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.

Memberships

Over the years, I have  been an active member of several Southwest Florida community organizations and professional boards. I served as a past president for both the Lee County Homeless Coalition and the Southwest Florida Trauma Recovery Network. I  served as a member of the Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Force and Board of Directors of the Family Resources Center (a not-for-profit agency offering supervised visitation). In addition, I 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). I am currently also serving on the Board of Directors for Visuality (a not-for profit organization providing services and support to LBGTQ teens and young adults)

I am (or have 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.

Personal

I am married and have a 15 year old son. I am  originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but have  lived in Fort Myers, Florida since 1987.