Laura Brownstone

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Laura Brownstone (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in Trauma-informed Therapies. She has been practicing for more than 20 years. She has uses modalities including Psychodynamic, Relational, ACT, Narrative, Harm Reduction, Ego State and EMDR Therapies. She is also a NARM-Certified Practitioner.  She collaborates with her clients to promote agency and self-compassion with curiosity for the process that unfolds. She is a strengths-based and present-focused therapist. She encourages clients to learn how to track their internal worlds in order to befriend what they thought was unlovable.

Education and Credentials

  • Master’s Degree Loyola University in Social Work
  • Undergraduate Degree Journalism Degree, Ohio University
  • EMDR Certified
  • NARM Therapist
  • Transformative Insight Imagery Certification
  • Gottman Training in Couples Therapy, Training 1
  • Certified in Transformative Insight Imagery

What specific modalities do you practice and are you certified?

Laura is an eclectic therapist who has a large tool bag.  She thinks about what her clients want for themselves and what gets in their way. She helps them feel more in control of their lives from an adult perspective with less reactivity and more joy.

What do you like to do when you are not working? What do you do for fun?

For fun, I like to garden and plant beautiful flowers. I actually like to weed. On Sundays, I like to drink coffee and read the New York Times with my husband. I like to take walks, swim and move which includes Salsa and Belly dance.  

What are you excited about? What is your passion? What do you want to learn more about?

I am excited about new modalities and growing my edges as well. I eventually want to create a drop-in center such as Anne’s Haven where people can come to decompress and feel restored in a variety of ways. This year, I plan to either start yoga therapy training or train with Open Studio Project as a facilitator. Worker also plans to take an Emotionally Focused Therapy training.

What’s your “go to” creative or restorative outlet?  

I love full moon rituals and playing guitar for family or alone. I don’t play out. Too shy. I love doing art and dialoguing with imagery.

I work with

  • Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Children 10+
  • Adolescents (11-17)
  • Emerging Adults (17-24)
  • Relationships (Couples/Relational Work)
  • Relationships (Parent-Child, Siblings, Family Therapy)
  • People with ADHD
  • Life transitions

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Relational Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Neuro-affective Relational Model
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy
  • Ego State Therapy
  • Creative modalities: art, movement and music
  • Yoga and and TaiChi – related practices

Areas of Interest

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral/Emotional Issues (in children and teens)
  • Creatives
  • Depression and Mood
  • Growth orientation
  • LGBTQIA+  Affirming
  • Mindfulness, Self- Compassion/ ACT
  • Safety Management or Harm Reduction Orientation
  • Trauma-Informed orientation

What do you do for self-care?

  • Woods walks/ hiking
  • Full-moon gatherings
  • Gardening and looking for beauty
  • Cold or hot showers
  • Yoga and meditation, belly dancing and Tai Chi
  • Petting my cat Ella
  • Therapy
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Reading and listening to podcasts
  • Listening to music and playing guitar

Favorite podcasts, books or blogs

  • Anything written by Tom Robbins, or Alice Walker
  • Podcasts I Weigh by Jamilla Jamil and
  • Smart less with Jason Bateman, Sean Hays and Will Arnette

Individuals / Authors / Theorists who have influenced my work

  • Judith Herman
  • Peter Levine
  • Larry Heller
  • Bessel Vander Kolk
  • Robin Shapiro
  • Jim Knipe

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