Specialties

As a licensed Family and Marriage Therapist and EMDR therapist, Lara specializes in providing support to people who are facing difficulties within the following areas:

Trauma from abuse

If you have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, or domestic violence, you know how difficult it is to cope.

Maybe you can’t stop replaying your painful memories. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by feelings of fear, anger, anxiety, depression, or guilt.

Trauma therapy can transform your shame into empowerment and healing.

You don’t have to hold onto your pain.

 

Trauma from grief

Loss—whether sudden or gradual—can leave you feeling powerless and angry.

Perhaps you’ve lost a loved one or a job, or survived a car or sports accident. No matter how subtle or severe your loss, the grieving process can be extremely challenging.

Therapy can help you process your intense emotions and overcome obstacles to grieving.

You don’t have to grieve alone.

 

Trauma affecting couples

Relationships are challenging in the best of circumstances, but if you or your partner have a trauma history, negative patterns can be even more difficult to break.

Couples therapy can help you address trauma, improve communication, and develop trust. 

You can build a healthier partnership.

 

Premarital counseling

You may have booked the wedding band, but have you had the tough conversations that will help your marriage last?

Premarital counseling gives you and your partner the chance to build conflict-resolution skills and address a variety of intimate topics:

  • Finances
  • Communication
  • Beliefs and values
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Roles and expectations
  • Children and parenting
  • Family relationships
  • Decision making
  • Dealing with anger
  • Quality time

You can increase the chances of success for your marriage.

 

Trauma affecting children 13 and up

If your child has gone through a traumatic event, the loss of security can have severe and long-lasting effects.

Whether your child has experienced separation from a parent or bullying at school, therapy can help resolve the pain, reducing the risk of further trauma in adulthood.   Learn more about taking your child to a therapist.

You can help your child overcome difficulties.

 

Family therapy

Your family is a system. When one person experiences difficulties, other members of the family feel the effects.

Treating more than one member of the family at the same time helps resolve conflicts, improve interaction, and nurture positive change.

You can help your family grow stronger.

 

Depression and anxiety

Depression can leave you feeling unmotivated, sad, and unable to pull yourself out. Anxiety makes you expect the worst, all the time.

Depression and anxiety are not signs of weakness—they are treatable illnesses. Therapy can help you work through the roots of anxiety and depression and reframe negative thinking.

You can give yourself the tools to cope with anxiety and depression.

 

Social phobias and social skills

If you have social phobia, meeting someone new or going to a public place can be agonizing.

Therapy can help you look at situations in a different way so you feel less anxious and afraid. You can practice social skills and scenarios in a safe environment where you know you won’t be judged or embarrassed.

You can face the world without fear.

 

Life transitions and adjustment disorders

Adjusting to change is a necessity—but that doesn’t make it easy.

Whether you’re go through life changes like retirement, starting school, or moving, experiencing stress and emotional ups and downs is normal for a short time. But if you continue feeling anxious or depressed, you may have an adjustment disorder.

Therapy can help you cope with external changes as you identify your inner strength.

You can regain your emotional security.

 

Identity development

Struggling with your sense of self can lead to depression, anxiety, and even physical health problems.

Whether you feel conflicted about your religion, race, sexuality, gender, or ethnicity, therapy offers a judgment-free environment to safely explore your identity.

You can be comfortable in your own skin.

 


Connect with Lara to heal the hurt today.

You can break the silence with the right trauma therapist.