The power in the therapeutic relationship is equalized in my work and clients determine what is discussed in therapy. My job is not to analyze the experience but to be a supportive companion. I often take a non-directive approach which can be difficult for clients to navigate their own way. It is important for me to break the (many!) stereotype that therapist know what is best for a client. How can that be true? This non-directive approach doesn’t mean active listening and wholehearted attention isn’t happening (Although, I practice mindfulness, I am human!). I believe that to direct a client in a particular way is not beneficial + can disempower a person. I prefer for clients to learn how to navigate their experiences from their own heart + mind however, such is often a practice. Relating in therapy offers this practice with another, and it can reveal what areas in our lives are wounded or grieving. This can be challenging and this approach to therapy is not for everyone, this is ok. The core conditions I function from as a human being and therapist are humanistic. This means that unconditional positive regard is at the forefront of my work with clients. Being genuine and compassionate, is also at the core of my work in the therapy room and this offers a beneficial framework for the therapeutic process. I do teach some mindfulness practices to clients once a rapport has been established. Mindfulness can help us relate to suffering in a compassionate, open-hearted way and also can create more grounded states during difficult times. Therapeutic goals are to become more aware of bodily sensations, thoughts and feelings, see patterns of mind more clearly, learn to relate to suffering skillfully, accept difficulties with self-compassion, develop willingness to experience emotions, an openness to be open to even painful emotions, gaining courage to allow distressing thoughts and sensations to come and go without fighting them and to relate to self with self-compassion. This is where the most important work takes place for the client while having the courage to share their story. My training, science and my own personal experience has taught me that with mindful, compassionate recognition and awareness of emotional states, all beings can enhance their lives and begin to live with more emotional freedom. It’s not a perfect practice but we do it together. Please call for information about insurance accepted and fees for sessions. Currently, Laurie is not accepting new clients due to lack of available time slots.