Laura offers a warm and empowering space in which to work. While she guides your purposeful time together, her non-clinical stance means she remains flexible, approachable and decidedly open-minded.
You are the expert in yourself and Laura is experienced in helping you fine-tune this expertise. This serves as a reminder that the best version of yourself is already within you.
Laura will guide the discussion by asking you questions about your life past present and future. As you begin to talk, Laura will build a clearer understanding of your life experiences, what’s been on your mind more recently and, of course, what you’re hoping to get out of your time together. This discussion forms the beginning of rough therapeutic goals or focus, which will continually be refined with each session.
During this meeting, Laura will share her initial impressions and recommendations for the next steps to take.
Each session builds upon the next, however therapy isn’t necessarily a linear process. Life events pop up, blind spots may be uncovered, and new areas of focus may emerge. This change and movement is part of an important process of personal development and beneficial change.
Laura will involve you in the process of therapy and at the end of each session, the key takeaway points may be discussed with the rationale for any between session ‘experiments’ or ‘play’ explained and co-created.
A formal review of your progress is generally conducted after 6 sessions. This review is often helpful to help you review your good progress and highlight what you have learned, what’s been helpful in tackling specific issues and what you are currently working towards. This is often referred to as a blueprint plan. Blueprinting is much like a ‘message in a bottle’ that you can refer to in future should you need to.
Emotional health is more than the absence of a problem, and psychological therapy is much more than a focus on troubling symptoms that led to a diagnosis such as depression, bipolar, OCD or anxiety.
Laura has a broad knowledge of psychology, nutrition, the microbiome and gut-brain axis, Ayurvedic medicine, yoga and meditation and other practices for balanced health. This depth of experience helps her identify as much with purist psychological ideas about health as with other perspectives for complete health.
Psychological therapy helps you make the most of difficult experiences so that these very experiences promote growth and psychological ‘core strength’. After all, just as careful physical training improves our abdominal ‘core strength’, psychological therapy improves psychological ‘core strength’ helping you bounce back from setbacks with more resilience and make the most of what life presents.
While therapy is an involved process, the therapeutic process doesn’t always need to feel heavy or mysterious to be effective. Rather, warmth, empathy, sensitivity and gentle humour enriches a good working relationship and creates a safer place to learn more about yourself. Much the same parallel can be drawn between psychological core strength and physical core strength as physical nutrients and health. Just as we need these nutrients to be healthy and prevent illness, we also need psychological nutrients in order to remain vibrant, clear minded and emotionally resilient. Accessing a state of ‘play’ is a valuable ‘psychological nutrient’ in day-to-day living. In essence, what you are doing in therapy is ‘playing’ with different ideas and ways to approach your relationships, situation and future.
A psychologist takes a lot of responsibility for checking how you are coping with various situations in your life, the extent to which your perspective shapes your mood and how you navigate and understand all options available to you.
Regarding specific psychological therapies, there are times (such as a phobia) where structured tangible support (like CBT) helps you feel empowered and teaches you how to tackle fears and habits that have been getting in the way of your life. Other times, you may be struggling with a relationship difficulty and significant life change. In these cases a more in-depth therapeutic approach to help you improve the quality of your relationships and address unhelpful habits, assumptions and rules for living may be more appropriate.
Laura is an accredited Psychologist, Nutritionist, GAPS Practitioner and the Director of Elanora Heights Medical Practice where she runs a Psychology Clinic and Digestive Health Clinic.
There is no one-size-fits-all-approach. Laura draws on a diverse range of modalities to empower clients with the appropriate tools for effective solutions.
Increase psychological ‘core strength’
Overcome unhelpful patterns & cycles of self-defeating behaviour
Improve skills to deal with life’s inevitable ups, downs, hopes, losses & awkward situations
Find relief from excessive guilt, shame & self-blame
Flourish & live fully
Cultivate meaning, joy for life & equanimity