When I first came to see Laurie I had a severe case of PTSD caused by childhood trauma. I was a complete mess and trusted no one. I could hardly speak in session but she was so patient and kind she met me where I was at and never pushed me beyond what I could handle. Laurie taught me how to deal with the anxiety and depression that came with PTSD and has been a tremendous amount of support in the times that I have needed her. I have had to retrain my brain over the past several years and Laurie has taught me how to do that with amazing compassion. Laurie has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to see that I heal from the pain of my childhood. Her heart is huge and she truly cares about her clients well being. My life has been forever changed in a positive way because I know her. I am blessed to have her in my life.
Laurie is an incredible person. She is the best therapist I have had over the years. Laurie has a passion for helping people. She continues to learn about new ways to help her patients. She’s intelligent and always knows exactly what to say. She has helped me through some very bad times. She is always confident that I will accomplish my goals. She has given me the confidence I need to overcome my hurdles in life. Laurie is kind and compassionate. I’m lucky to have her for a therapist.
Like so many, my life was devastated by an unwanted divorce. There were moments when I truly believed that my next breath would be my last and that this is how it must feel just before you die. I desperately needed help with sorting out intense emotions of shame, guilt, hurt, betrayal, fear… All of these and more weighed on me throughout my day. Life had become unmanageable and to a large extent unbearable.
After a number of consultations with a variety of counselors, I was referred by my pastor to Emotional Wellness Center. It was shortly after beginning my first session that I knew I had arrived at the place where I would receive the support, guidance, and truth about my future. All was not lost. Laurie, my counselor, reminded me of the hope that was possible and available to me.
It is often said that “there are no short cuts to grieving.” I am a witness to that truth. However, I can also testify that with the support of a gifted counselor, healing is possible. Laurie is skilled with asking “just right” questions that help shine a light on the reality of a situation. My perception of what took place and who I am continues to change – it’s a process.
For those facing tragedy and the suffering that results, know that life can and does get better. What seems impossible becomes possible when others walk alongside us. I encourage you to take that first step towards trusting in a skilled professional at the Emotional Wellness Center.
I can not say enough about my counselor Laurie at Emotional Wellness Counseling. It would take a book to write.
My life and my relationship to my husband and family are AMAZING due to her insight and kindness. She helped me through many trials and challenges that I was experiencing. Her professional support plus her genuine caring helped me through some really tough times. I look back on my counseling there and can honestly say that it was a miracle!!! I am tearing up right now as I write this.
There is an old saying that is quite simple and true; yet profound on many levels. It goes like this.
If you give a man a fish,
you will feed him for a day.
If you teach a man to fish,
you will feed him for life
Oh…if only life could be as simple and uncomplicated as learning how to fish. For many of us; somewhere between the feeding and the fishing, we become entangled within the bait and the hook. Catching fish is no longer a simple task of learning how to fish, it is a tangled mess. It is at this precise moment when a skilled teacher is needed most. Someone who will walk along patiently, gingerly along side you as you work to untangle the mess. For me this was “Laurie.” She walked along side of me for many years, through many heart breaking losses and many devastating “messes” she unwaveringly persevered, giving her whole mind, heart and soul to the process of disentangling me from my tangled messes. Believe me, I was not an easy learner by any means (I think I taught her the actual meaning of long suffering…Emoji) yet, step by step, concept upon concept, precept upon precept, she continued to teach the most stubborn of learners, how to fish.
I am no longer a client of Laurie’s. I fish by myself (most of the time) now, periodically I still get tangled up in the bait and hook BUT…I have learned where to go and, how to start untangling myself. Sometimes (ok, yes…more times than I care to admit) I still fight the process but, I know what she taught me and why. I am definitely quicker to surrender to the “simple truth” theses days. I know wherever this journey through life takes me I will fish and I will be fed. Thank you Laurie for giving me those skills but, most of all, thank you for being God”s hands and feet to this broken, entangled mess.
15 plus years ago I was a client of Laurie’s. I had a hard time dealing with my mother’s death. That lead to many suppressed memories of my childhood and into adulthood. I depended on Laurie with an array of my emotions, not only for me but others. She has helped me find Christ again in my life, which is so important not only for me to heal spiritually but emotionally and physically as well. I like to say through the years knowing Laurie is just a phone call away. I don’t hesitate to go back for a wellness tune up every now and then. I am blessed to have this wonderful person in my life.
My appointments with Laurie have given me the strength and courage to move forward in my life regarding the issues that have had control over me.
When I arrive at my appointments I instantly feel more relaxed, I know her advise and wisdom will guide me through whatever it is I’m experiencing at that time. She is comforting and leads me to positive thoughts, my sessions with her open my eyes to new ways of handling situations I hadn’t considered on my own. When I put her suggestions into practice I see positive changes in my life. When my appointments end I always feel I am ready to go back out and face my life, Laurie has given me the confidence to do so.
I am so appreciative of the time and effort Laurie takes to spend with me.
Laurie always manages to go above and beyond to help me work through the matters I present to her. Since I started my weekly sessions with her I’ve found that my life has changed for the better and my headspace has become a place for meaningful thinking rather than for insecurity and stress. Laurie has invested her time to get to know the real me and has taken interest in “my world” to best suit me and my needs.