Therapist Profile

Name:
Laura L. Smith, PhD
Professional Title:
Location:
4001 W. Alameda Ave. Suite 207 Burbank, CA 91505-4338
Phone:
(818) 331-2069
License Number
LMFT49990
Practicing Since:
2005
Additional Licenses:
Marriage and Family Therapist

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
My specialty is working with adult individuals who have experienced traumatic childhoods, usually as a result of having mentally ill parents or caregivers. To be a child of a mentally ill parent is a unique and often painful experience. When a child is subjected to the intense needs of a mentally ill parent, that child usually grows into an adult who deals with several difficulties, such as low self-esteem, unexplained physical problems, caretaking others at the expense of self, and challenging interpersonal relationships. An adult survivor of childhood trauma may also turn to substances or behaviors in an attempt to self-soothe, as well as deal with anxiety, depression, or thoughts of suicide. In the case of childhood trauma, the wounds that are acquired at the start of life may continue to have long-term affects throughout adulthood. Your past may heavily influence your beliefs and expectations, negatively affecting how you view your current world. As an adult, however, you have the opportunity to heal the childhood wounds to the extent possible. Even though you cannot change what occurred in childhood, you can change the affect that your childhood experiences continue to have on you. With therapy, you can gain the insight and tools you need to move beyond your past and claim your life for your sake. I have over ten years of experience working with adults who have suffered from painful childhood circumstances. I have witnessed my patients transform into vital individuals who feel excited about what life has to offer them. I use talk therapy, dream analysis, and body awareness to work with the issues you are dealing with. I invite you to check out the information on my website (address noted above) to get an idea of whether or not I might be able to assist you with the issues you are facing. I also encourage you to take advantage of a free 15-minute phone consultation so that we may discuss your needs.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Flexible office hours,including weekend hours. Please contact me to see if I am able to accommodate your schedule.
Services
Insurance
No Insurance Accepted
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
I have a master's degree in counseling psychology and a doctorate degree in depth psychology from Pacific Graduate Institute.

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Childhood Trauma
Combat/Military Related Trauma
Depression/Clinical Depression
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Personality Disorders
Psychoanalysis
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Trauma
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Developmental/Depth
Intersubjective
Jungian
Object Relations
Psychoanalytic
Psychodynamic
Certifications
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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