I have been married for 11 years and have been a parent to a beautiful daughter for 9. My background in mental health is extensive as I have worked for many years with those suffering from severe mental illness and the families of those affected, families separated by divorce working toward reintegration, as well as children and families struggling with developmental disorders. My specialties include couples counseling including passion and intimacy, spirituality, parenting, depression/anxiety, and those looking for a place to grow. These are all areas where I have struggled personally and have overcome. I was abused spiritually growing up, meaning that God was used against me. I was taught about grace but was never shown it. When bad things happened, I was told I lacked faith and needed to pray the “right way”. Trying for decades to do everything the “right way”, I finally gave up. I realized I could never win. I had been treading water tirelessly. When I let go of my fear of being “right” and “good” was when I found true peace with God. With this peace and freedom came the opportunity to explore my relationships with a new light. My newfound relationship with God has become the lens in which I now view my relationships with my husband, daughter and, most importantly, myself.
Maybe you're asking "Why did God let this happen? Will He come through for me? What's the point of all of this?" Perhaps you're asking what career path to take or wishing you were happy in your current position. Maybe you're wondering what happened to your sex life, why you feel unwanted by your partner, or how infidelity came into your relationship and if you will ever be able to overcome it.
I have real peace with God, I am loved, my sex life is amazing, and I wake up every day doing what I love, fulfilling my greatest passion. Career, faith, love and intimacy aren't just areas I am trained to help others in, they are areas of my life where I have flourished. Going through chronic pain and illness, I personally understand the
torture it can bring and how vital hope is to healing. Although these are places of personal growth, they are just a few of the things I offer help with.
I have learned to love who I am as a woman, regardless of the size of my jeans, or what society tells me how I should look, and expect others to love me as I love myself. I have come from a place of low self-esteem into living from the power God gave me as a woman. I offer hope and direction to women and teens that may be struggling. This certainly does not mean I side with women in session, simply that it is an area where I help women grow individually. This specialty also helps me teach men the answer to the age-old question, “What do women want?"
As a relationship therapist who specializes in anxiety, as well as the areas mentioned above, I am able to assist with any struggles you might be having with your partner.
If you are curious about any medical management of struggles that you are having, I collaborate with local physicians to meet those needs.
My educational background includes a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in Kansas City in collaboration with Christ First Counseling Center in Topeka, as well as a BA in Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka. I have also worked extensively in behavioral health and special education.
I believe that everyone has a story to tell. A story that is unique to you, one that may be filled with pain, suffering, and sorrow. That story deserves to be heard and cared for with dignity, tenderness, and compassion. It is my hope that this is your experience with me as we travel together towards peace and freedom. As your therapist, it will never be my place to judge or place blame, nor is it to be an advice giver. My role is to walk with you on your journey, care for you, and help you find your path toward peace and restoration.
I appreciate your consideration in having me be your therapist. I would be honored to walk with you in this hard place. Let’s work together to not just put a bandage over the hurt places in your life, but uncover the reasons for the pain and repair the damage that has been done.
Laura Drinkard ReachesLansing KS