Do you need to improve your marriage? Do you need infidelity recovery?Do you want to feel more empowered and more respected? Do you want your kids to listen better? Do you want more effective tools to handle daily challenges and frustrations? Do you want to get more out of life?
My name is Laurie Shoats and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been providing counseling since 1990. In my 20+ years of working with people, I have successfully assisted hundreds of clients in reaching their personal goals and my clients have been so responsive that they often refer their friends and family to my practice.
I have practiced in diverse settings including inpatient and outpatient hospitals, day treatment programs, and community based mental health centers. I have successfully guided hundreds of people in bettering their lives and their relationships. As a result of my extensive experience, I am often regarded as being highly compassionate, as well as skilled at understanding the sensitive needs of others. I am one of the fortunate people who truly love what I do for a living.
I am skilled at understanding your individual needs and offering you compassion, patience and most importantly, Real Life Solutions! My practice focuses on empowering you to learn the skills needed to reach your goals. Together, I assist you in developing insight to be able to continue to reach your goals long after you have successfully ended counseling.
I have lived in sunny South Florida since the age of 5. I am raising 2 beautiful daughters who stay busy with many after school activities. During my free time, I enjoy working out, watching my daughters perform, spending time with friends and family as well as reading and taking classes in my field to always stay up to date in my profession.
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Below are a few recent testimonials.
"I always thought therapy was for people with “real problems.” You know, people who lost a parent or who were in abusive relationships. I never thought I needed therapy or would get the courage to seek help because I always thought my issues and problems weren’t bad enough to justify seeing a therapist. I contacted Laurie when I was at a real low point in my life and just didn’t know where else to turn. It wasn’t because I lost a parent or was involved in an abusive relationship- it was because I needed someone to talk to that didn’t know me and that would just give me a different perspective on things. It ended up being one of the best decisions of my life. Laurie was comforting, sensitive, and incredibly warm from the second I met her. That’s exactly what I needed- someone I knew wasn’t judging me and would let me just talk and let it all out. Laurie gave me different exercises each session I spent with her in order to help find myself and search for the answers that I think I already knew but just needed some confidence and reassurance. Laurie gave me that and I am forever grateful for the chance to have met her. Therapy is not just for people with big problems- it’s for everyone that is willing to take a chance- it will provide endless possibilities and a real chance at finding happiness.”
I wanted to write you and let you know how much you helped my husband and I learn to communicate with each other. My husband and I came to you at a time in our marriage where I thought we were at a stand still. I was reluctant to see a marriage counselor but it was my last alternative before the big “D”. I liked how you got to know us on an individual basis at first then we came together as a couple. You helped us so much to talk to each other and it was so nice having you there as a buffer showing us who is beating a dead horse and not getting past the issue at hand. My husband was afraid at first having a female counselor because he felt that you would be anti-man and on my side from the get go. After a session he realized that you were there looking out for both our interests and he felt very comfortable with you. After several sessions we have become a better, non-fighting, communicating machine. It has been over 6 months since our therapy sessions and we still use your methods for dealing with our issues. My husband and I are closer than ever and I know it’s all because of your help. Thank you so much Laurie for helping us find each other and for sparking what I thought was a marriage about to end in divorce. You saved our life. There are no amounts of thank you!!!
M and L 2012
"Laurie is a highly professional counselor and is especially good with children. She is able to speak to them in a way that they understand and can connect on their level."
Laurie Shoats ReachesCoral Springs FL