About Laurie

Laurie has been counseling children, adolescents and adults in private practice since April of 2006. Laurie has always been passionate about helping others and is fortunate to be doing something she loves. Laurie graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. She went on to pursue her Masters in Education, specializing in Counseling and Student Services and Play Therapy from the University of North Texas in 1999. In 2002, Laurie received her license to provide counseling in the State of Texas and has been providing counseling to  children, adolescents and adults since this time. She is also a Registered Play Therapist and is active in the Association for Play therapy. Prior to opening her own private practice, Laurie worked in the non-profit world. Focusing on children  and families impacted by domestic violence and child abuse. Laurie also worked with individuals impacted by chronic illness and cancer. Laurie worked four years at Gilda’s Club North Texas, currently Cancer Support Community of North Texas and still facilitates several Bereavement groups a year. She is known in the community as a Bereavement Specialist working with groups and individuals that are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Laurie primarily utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach in counseling. This approach is based on the idea that thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors  and by learning new techniques we can create positive change and growth for ourselves. Laurie believes by creating a strong therapeutic relationship, a person can identify and utilize existing strengths and resources to achieve the success the person seeks.

Laurie lives in Dallas with her husband of twelve years and their two school-age children. She loves to read, travel and participate in her children’s everyday activities.