Laura Stephan, PsyD, LP
I am Laura (she/her), a Clinical Psychologist providing somatic and relational psychotherapy. I specialize in complex trauma therapy, attachment therapy, chronic illness therapy and overall mind-body healing.
You may have heard that trauma is stored in the body and that somatic therapy can help. My trauma informed therapy approach integrates sensorimotor psychotherapy, which uses your body’s innate wisdom to heal.
For those who have struggled in relationships you might wonder how your upbringing or attachment style has affected you. Relational and sensorimotor psychotherapy can help you build new and healthier relationship patterns.
My clients have often tried many solutions before working with me, and are looking for a different approach or just a place to explore how best to move forward. As your therapist I respect where you are currently at in your journey, and can help you take that next step forward.
therapy focused on trauma, attachment, and mind-body healing
Everyone comes to therapy for a different reason. But we all have nervous systems that are affected by stress and trauma, we all approach relationships based on our early attachment experiences, and we all have minds and bodies that work together to make us feel a certain way.
here’s what you can expect in a therapy session with me:
To be met where you’re at. Therapy and processing will happen at a pace that feels right to you.
To be welcomed. Everyone in the full spectrum of body size, disability, and chronic illness can experience wellness.
To not be blamed. Mental health is a constellation of genes, environment, and the resources we have access to. What you’re experiencing is not your fault, and together we will find the tools to help you feel better.
I have training in various methods of psychotherapy. But the most important thing is what will help YOU, and I will collaborate with you to achieve your goals. My therapy style incorporates both somatic and relational approaches based in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Here’s what each of those methods involve.
somatic therapy uses the body as a guide:
Releases emotions that feel “stuck”
Doesn’t require verbal processing
Provides a powerful way to process trauma
Teaches an accessible approach to mindfulness that doesn’t have to involve meditation
relational therapy can help you connect with yourself:
Get in touch with your emotions
Clarify your goals and values
Figure out your needs and boundaries in relationships
it can also improve connections with others:
Process trauma from caregivers
Learn your attachment style and build secure attachment
Build healthier relationship patterns
Learn about my professional background and clinical training.