Laura Stuart, LPC

Laura Stuart, MA, LPC

Therapist

I decided to become a counselor because I didn’t feel I had any other choice. I felt gifted in a very unique way and felt it would be selfish to not share that with the world and serve the world in the best way that I could. I put 100% of myself into my work and love what I do. It is my desire for the counseling setting to be a place where people feel safe to come as they are, broken and all. However, I also want it to be a place where people feel courageous enough to heal from the pain and dysfunction that has been holding them back and move towards their full potential.

Certifications

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. I am also nationally certified in EDIT therapy (Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy) as well as trained to offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. I received my EMDR training through the Maiberger Institute and am specialized in working with complex PTSD. I received my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary.

As a counselor, I work with children, adolescents, and adults. My theoretical approach is rooted in attachment healing. Attachment-based therapy says that a break in the attachment bond during childhood caused trauma to occur (whether big or small) and that trauma is then a major contributor to issues such as; anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, personality disorders, and addiction.

I am highly specialized in working with children. When working with children, I use play therapy techniques as well as EMDR and CBT. Children that I work with tend to struggle with one or more of the following issues; behavioral issues, learning disorders, trauma, abuse, neglect, adoption, attachment, grief, anger, bullying, depression, anxiety, divorce, and various other issues.

When working with adolescents and adults, I use CBT, client-centered talk therapy, and EMDR. Adults and teens coming in for therapy usually suffer from one or more of the following issues; addictions, eating disorders (including body image issues), depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, spiritual issues (specifically Christian), and various other issues.

**Although I do use an Attachment-based approach to therapy, if a case presents a certain level of severity, I will focus on the present and alleviating symptoms first for stabilization and safety. For example, if a client comes in attempting to stay sober from alcohol addiction, CBT and EMDR methods can be used to address triggers and cravings, solely. Once sobriety is maintained, more of an attachment-based approach is safe to use. This goes for eating disorders and trauma, as well.

**As a counselor who graduated from Denver Seminary, I can offer a faith-based approach to counseling and incorporate Christian counseling into treatment upon request.

In the Denver area, I am closely associated with Ransomed Counseling, Denver Family Counseling Services, Domestic Violence Initiative, and Neuraperformance. I also consult with other experts when necessary to provide optimal care.