425 S. Cherry Street, Suite 810 Denver, CO 80246 (720) 639-7724

A little bit about Laura…

Originally from the East Coast, I am a ‘Jersey girl’ who lived the first twenty years of my life in New Jersey. After graduating from college, I moved to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area where I enjoyed the next 20 years. In September of 2012, I relocated to Denver to pursue a long time dream of living in Colorado.

When I’m not working, I love to do just about anything outside with friends and family – bike, ski, hike and cook on the grill, to name a few.  I am a dog rescue volunteer and enjoy fostering when I can. My dog ‘Reason’ is quite a character who has a big dog personality covered in little dog fur. He likes to join in my activities as much as possible.

I am a big football fan and remain loyal to the New York Giants, though I have been caught cheering for the Broncos a time or two.

Laughter is the ‘coping skill’ I value most when life gets tough, and I am quick to chuckle at myself, even when no one is watching!

Why I became a therapist…

My father passed away from a lengthy battle with cancer when I was 21 and he was the young age of 58.  Living with cancer in our family for three years, and watching my dad work so hard to fight its effects on all of us, inspired my desire to know more about terminal illness and pursue a career in the medical field. Though I had been fortunate enough to say goodbye to him, and to prepare for the profound loss in my life, I still found myself experiencing overwhelming grief.  As time went on, I still found myself struggling to define a new normal in my life without my father. Eventually I realized I hadn’t fully grieved my loss in a way that promoted emotional healing.  This was the catalyst for seeking my own individual therapy where I was finally able to connect current problems in my life to the grief and feelings of loss from my past. Processing those painful emotions in the safety of my therapist’s office created the space I needed to heal and to learn how to form a healthier relationship with myself and others.  The personal growth and insight I gained during my individual therapy continues to inform how I live my life today and significantly contributed to my decision to pursue a career helping others as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Credentials:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Colorado #MFT.0001224
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy ~ Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing ~ James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Previous Experience:

Denver Family Therapy Center ~ Individual and Family Therapist for ‘The ROC’ – an alternative high school in Adams County – where I provided individual, group and family therapy services for at risk adolescents and their families.
Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic ~ As the Family Therapist on staff, I provided individual counseling, couples therapy and family services for substance abuse clients in an in-patient residential rehabilitation treatment facility.
Center for Family Services ~ I provided couples, family and individual therapy services for adolescents  and adults who experienced relationship dissatisfaction, anxiety, depression and past trauma.

Professional Research:

Cross, L. A. (2012) Understanding Couples’ Perceptions of the Impact of Chronic Back Pain on their Relationship. (Unpublished Manuscript).  A study designed to explore how couples experience relationship changes resulting from the onset of chronic back pain, the pain-related factors that most contribute to the changes and the meaning couples assign to the changes.

Professional Affiliations:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Fellow
Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Member
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Member

Random ‘Fun’ Facts About Me:

Best Goal:To enjoy each moment of the on-going process of identifying my purpose in life
Best Habit:Maintaining a curious state of mind all of the time.  I’ve learned the most amazing things when I have least expected it.
Best Reason to be Happy:The alternative to being happy just isn’t nearly as much fun!
Best Legal Route to Joy:Being outside in the fresh air while hiking, skiing…anything outside with the people and dog I love most.
Best Flaw:I have a very hard time declining social invitations from friends and family, which often leads to very little ‘Laura Time’.  I can’t help it – I hate to miss out on the fun!
Best Accomplishment:  Making the decision to leave an enjoyable 20-year career in corporate America to pursue a more fulfilling career as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Best Motto:   “Be curious, not judgmental” – Walt Whitman
Best Under-Appreciated Skill:  My ability to laugh at myself on a daily basis – especially when it can help break the ice in an unfamiliar situation!

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~ believe in new beginnings ~