GET TO KNOW LAURA

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Laura Woods, M.A., LPC-Intern, LCDC-I

Hi there! There are times in everyone’s life where we all need guidance so I’m glad you found your way here. I provide counseling services in a safe, nurturing environment, where clients feel comfortable talking openly about their stress and challenges.

I’m a mom of two young children; there may be days I smell like peas and spilled milk. There may be days I don’t notice I have pee on my shirt until hours later. I understand that life can get crazy and the stress of even simple everyday routines can sometimes seem overwhelming.  

I love working with adolescents because I get to see them transform, connect, grow and evolve right before my eyes. The child and teen years see biological, social, and psychological changes – all at once! The first 10 years of a child’s life are spent learning to walk, run, jump, play and navigate their physical world, but the following years they must navigate a trickier path, finding their identity and place in society. They will make crucial decisions about who they are and what their place in the world will be and this is no easy chore.

Your child (and you) will view me as a non-judgmental confidante, who remembers what it was like to be a completely confused teenager and also takes into account the culture of mobile phones, pop culture and social media.  The time adolescents spend processing stressors is hard, ground-breaking work for them, and I feel lucky being able to do it alongside them.

Recovery Facilitator

I am certified SMART Recovery Facilitator and enjoy leading recovery groups at a local rehabilitation facility. I currently am employed at a local behavioral health hospital leading a dual diagnosis recovery group three days a week. Some of the topics we discuss include shame, guilt, forgiveness, depression, anxiety, relapse prevention, effective communication, disputing irrational thinking patterns, mindfulness, guided relaxation/deep breathing techniques, suicidal ideation, grief, trauma and developing coping skills.

Teen Whisperer

I previously was a substitute teacher in alternative education schools for teens facing emotional and behavioral struggles. I eventually landed in a juvenile detention center teaching incarcerated teens. This is where I fell in love with the idea of counseling. I so desperately wanted to have the availability to walk with my students through the hardships of their developmental years but felt I was lacking the opportunity as their teacher. For this reason, I went back to school and earned a masters degree in counseling. I then went on to work with adolescents in inpatient psychiatric settings as well as in residential rehabilitation programs throughout DFW

Meanings Maker

I am obsessed with Viktor Frankl and Logotherapy. Many of my beliefs have formed from his counseling theory of finding meaning and purpose in our lives. My favorite quote from Dr. Frankl is, Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”. I want to help you or your child (and you) discover how to transform harmful thinking patterns into a resilient, joyful and confident mindset.

MORE ABOUT ME

THE EDUCATION STUFF:

I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. I am currently in the process of earning a PhD in Clinical Counseling from Walden University. I have worked in the mental health field for 10 years and currently lead individual, group and family therapy at a local inpatient psychiatric hospital and in this private practice setting. I am supervised by Debra Crown, LPC-Supervisor and should be fully licensed this summer. I am currently an LPC-Intern #78484 and LCDC-Intern. I hold three current aggression/crisis management licenses of PPMAB, SAMA Satori, and Crisis Prevention Intervention.

THE FUN STUFF:

I have an adorable, old lab mix that is known in my friends group as “Pet Cow”. Please ask me to show you a picture! I also was lucky enough to marry my best friend when we were in college and all these years later we have two boys under the age of two and miraculously still like each other most days. Talk about a lesson in the importance of sleep and self care! I love being the mom of two very boy-ish boys, because we are diehard college football fans (Go K-state) and love everything outdoors. We sometimes dream of living a simple life with a cabin in the woods, an alpaca and way too many dogs. Without sounding “too hippyish” nature is our thing and where I am able to best rejuvenate.

I believe our identity is molded in childhood from our own experiences, impressions, and perceived successes and failures. In our sessions, I’ll offer suggestions on how to help your child and teen reach new goals. It’s important to  help them feel like they’ve succeeded!

My true passion is working with children and teens. While I engage in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with many of my adolescents, and am a true believer in its process, I am more directive when your child needs it, especially with teens. Getting you, the parent involved is very important in my work with your son or daughter.

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THE FINE PRINT

WHO I SERVE: Children, Teens (age 10+) & Adults
FEE: $85
Insurance: not applicable

Licensed Professional Counselor #78684
Under the Supervision of Debra Crown, M.A., LCDC, LPC-S #62184
Texas Department of State Health Services

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