I was not born in Bakersfield, but I have grown up here. My husband and I raised our family here, and are now enjoying our grandchild who, fortunately for us, lives close by. I began my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist with Kern County Mental Health, first as an intern, and then as a licensed therapist. I initially worked with clients referred by the legal system for substance abuse counseling. After a few years I specialized in working in a perinatal program serving women with substance problems who were involved with the courts. I facilitated therapy groups, I did individual counseling, and I taught a parenting class. I was also involved in leading a support group for women dealing with HIV and AIDS issues. Currently in my private practice I see adults who are dealing with a variety of issues, among which are: anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, work-related problems, health concerns. Many are dealing with a feeling of being "stuck" in their lives and not knowing what to do next. I listen closely to them, and together we work on what options may be available to them. Sometimes we deal with forgiveness, with the integration into one's life of what has occurred, and developing an acceptance of what cannot be changed. My clients know that they can come into my office and that what they tell me remains between us, and that I will not judge them. My goal for all my clients is peace. I work with many couples, some married a long time, some together a short time, some gay or lesbian, some couples in a blended family situation who need help in dealing with anger, resentment, poor communications, parenting concerns, and other issues. I enjoy this work very much and look forward to many more years of serving my clients.
Laurie Brewer ReachesBakersfield CA