Laura, I don't think I ever told you how grateful I am for the compassion and wisdom you offered me during a very rough time in my life. I remember you asking at the start - in the midst of my drama with my partner - what did I want from counseling? I said I wanted to have peace again in my life. And you did help me get that. But I also learned so much!
-- About how much of what happens in my life is my choice.
-- About the value of viewing things differently.
-- About how my own behavior was bringing about some of the worst of my partner's behavior.
-- About the destructiveness of indulging in rage (and snooping!).
-- About the rewards of treating people, especially my partner, with respect during conflict.
--About my fear of being alone, which I didn't even know I had, and its potential to make me act really, really crazy.
You helped me break down some pretty big problems into manageable size.
Things are good now. Not perfect, but good. You were right about many things. My partner and I are very strong - he is so loving and loyal to me, and I believe I've figured out what he needs from me. He's doing great too. Still traveling a lot ... and our flare-ups are now few and far between. I think I'm good for him and that makes me proud. He's good for me too.
You were kind to me and to him. I never felt judged by you. I felt that you cared very much for us both and wanted the best for us. Even today, when I have a small victory, I imagine myself sitting in your sunny office telling you about it, and you being so pleased to hear it.
So - and this was the point of writing - I want to say THANK YOU for being there for me, for being so good at what you do, and for caring. It brings a lot of comfort to know that you're there and I can call you if I find myself off track again.
-- S. H. - Writer
For me, talking to Laura feels like having a weight lifted off my shoulders. It provides me with the opportunity to open up and discuss personal matters in a confidential setting.
She provides a sounding board where I can express myself openly and receive objective third party feedback.
I've been speaking with Laura on and off for almost two years now, and I can honestly say she has been a very helpful counselor for me.
-- P. - Photographer
Laura, Well, where do we start?? Life, it seems, has been very good to us since our return from San Francisco and our last visit with you. We've made some big changes in our lives and we are very, very happy.
With things going so well, we decided after careful consideration and much open communication, to add even more joy to our lives and conceived our first child? YES!! We are having a baby!!! We are so incredibly happy it's hard to believe we're the same couple who were in such turmoil only a couple of years ago when we first came in to see you.
We have worked hard at keeping lines of communication open while making sure to hold onto ourselves along the way. We do hit an occasional bump in the road, but we handle it together, and work through any pain or soreness from the past with love and understanding. We can't begin to thank you enough for all that you did for us. You were a vessel that helped us reach a new level in our marriage. We wouldn't be where we are today, happy beyond belief, if it weren't for you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Laura. Although we are hopeful and happy about our future, we know to expect bumps regardless of how great things are. The difference is, now we know to handle them better.
Thank you again for everything. We are eternally grateful.
-- B & S - Paramedic, Dance Teacher
Laura, Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I think of you often. I am always thankful for you in my life and how much you have helped me feel better about myself and to not feel so alone anymore.
I realize that before I started counseling with you, I was always so down on myself, so disbelieving at my core that I was worthy of love. I just couldn't bear to really get close to anyone for fear of rejection. I get it that my parents' criticism of me and lack of warmth toward me imprinted a feeling of not having value. My belief followed me into adulthood and I continued to not feel important or loved by anyone. Relationships were so disappointing.
Laura, you were the first person I'd been able to trust to let in. The more I found I could be open with you, and still be accepted, the more I could begin to feel love and compassion for myself. I guess I got enough practice to risk getting closer and more honest about who I am with others. Now I am relaxing around people and have developed some caring and respectful friendships. That means so much to me and I thank you.
-- J. K. - Accountant
When I started counseling with Laura, I was lost in a morass of confusing and contradicting emotions. I interviewed several therapists in the Vancouver area and picked Laura, quite frankly, because she seemed the happiest and most positive about being able to help me. She helped me sort out my problems and understand not only the source, but also a way to overcome them and succeed in life. I came to understand that I didn't have all the skills necessary to thrive. She taught me a new set of skills to understand my own emotions, and assess the individuals I interacted with, so as to not expect an unreasonable level of interaction. Some people can Fox trot, some people can Two Step - Laura taught me how to discern the difference.
I found that she challenged me to think differently about myself and how I dealt with people. There were NO sacred cows. Sometimes I became annoyed and even a little angry with her observations and insights, but when explored deeper, I often discovered the root of something much more profound than I ever imagined. That deeper understanding of who I am, and why I am the way I am, allowed me not only to begin to change, it freed me to imagine and begin to achieve a whole new universe of possibilities for my life.
Laura brings a very deep knowledge of the human psyche to her sessions, along with the insight to suggest subtle changes in your thought process and personal interactions to begin to find a sense of peace and personal satisfaction. If you're willing to open your mind to new possibilities and invest the time and effort that's necessary to achieve real change, then I would highly recommend her.
Life is too short to be miserable. Why not learn the skills to be happy?
-- T. - Long-haul driver