Laurie serves as a youth and family therapist at Thrive, providing evidenced-based counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. Currently, Laurie co-facilitates a biweekly Sibshops group for youth in 1st through 7th grade. Laurie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Loyola University Chicago. Laurie’s therapeutic approach is trauma-informed, client-centered, and strengths-based. Laurie has a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and utilizes Acceptance and Commitment, Cognitive Behavioral, Psycho-educational, and Mindfulness-based therapeutic models to help alleviate clients’ trauma-related distress and improve their daily functioning. Laurie also has extensive experience with: anxiety, coping skills, depression, domestic violence, grief, life transitions, relationship issues, self-esteem, sexual abuse, stress, suicidal ideation, and women’s issues. Laurie is certified (40 hours) in both domestic violence advocacy (2015) and sexual assault crisis intervention (2016) in the state of Illinois.