Laura Derksen, LMFT
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist
400 Humphrey Street
New Haven, Connecticut, 06511
Will begin accepting new clients in July 2013.
See additional office location: Meriden, 06451
5 Colony St, Ste 303
Email: Send An Email To Laura
Laura offers individual, couple, and family counseling from a Christian perspective. Her counseling approach integrates systemic, strategic, and Gestalt therapy to increase awareness and empower clients to improve their lives and relationships.
Laura is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She is also trained in Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) and Gestalt. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Laura’s approach with you, the client, is to explore with you the underlying roots of the issues you are facing so that you can become free of the chronic stress and emotional drain. This may include becoming aware of family of origin patterns, repetitive attachment fears, or thoughts and ideas that have become ingrained in your approach to the world. Laura helps you understand both the benefits and the cost of change, so that you, the client, can take informed and purposeful action in your life. Laura’s goal for clients is to help you experience freedom from your pain and resolve the underlying issues so you can move forward to fully enjoy your life and purpose.
In the area of Marriage and Family Therapy, Laura works with couples and families in the areas of:
Overcoming Communication Barriers
Restoring Trust in Relationships
Infidelity & Intimacy Issues
Developing Healthy Boundaries
Navigating Life Cycle Transitions
Preparing for Marriage / Premarital Counseling
Separation & Divorce
Families with Adolescents
Identifying Goals and Budget Planning
Laura has specialized training in trauma response and cognitive restructuring. She worked for two years as a clinician for the Youth Equipped for Success (YES!) program, providing therapy for adolescents and families involved with the juvenile justice system. In addition to her private practice, she works at the Building Stronger Families program to provide substance abuse treatment and trauma counseling according to the Multisystemic Therapy model.
Laura’s counseling practice includes working with individuals who are faced with a variety of issues including:
Anxiety & Stress
Self – Worth
Identity Issues & Re-evaluation of Purpose
Living with Chronic Pain
Career Change / Major Life Transitions
Contact Laura to discuss your needs and how her experience and training can assist you in moving beyond these issues towards resolution and healing.
Laura Derksen Reaches