Laurel is happy to provide an integrative counseling model for increased wellness to her community. Through research, psychotherapy counseling, mindfulness and yoga she aspires to support and guide people on the path to be their happiest and most empowered selves.
Laurel has been practicing yoga for since 1998 and has been teaching since 2005. Years of studying mindfulness, yoga and examining what makes her happiest in life led her to leave an unfulfilling ten year career as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry and pursue her passion of helping others through completing her PhD in Clinical Social Work and Infant Mental health from Wayne State University in 2017. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Denver and researches perinatal mood disorders and how depression may affect infant development. Read more about her research here. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado and Michigan.
Clinically, Laurel has experience counseling children, adolescents and adults and specializes in treating families during pregnancy, postpartum and early parenthood. She employs techniques of psychodynamic theories, mindfulness, interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic psychology, infant mental health and crisis intervention. She has worked with people suffering from grief, trauma, domestic and sexual violence, job loss, anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses as well as those seeking extra support through life transitions. She is trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education and Parenting (MBCP) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). She also has had the privilege to be trained to adapt MBSR for use with adolescents at John Hopkins University.
As a Clinical Social Worker and researcher, she is committed to providing the best care possible through continuously training and learning new techniques as well as receiving clinical supervision regularly. She is a Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with Yoga Alliance and has offered mindfulness, relaxation classes and seminars to companies such as Dura Automotive, DENSO, Windsor Regional Hospital, Enwin Utilities, Detroit Early Head Start, Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority and many more.
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
Ontario Association of Social Workers
Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health
National Association of Social Workers
Society of Social Work Research
American Psychological Association
Yoga Alliance, E-RYT, RPYT, RPYS
International Association of Yoga Therapists
CAPPA Birth Professionals