Laura Gottfried, LCSW, draws upon her 30 years of clinical experience and training to provide individual therapy for adults experiencing a wide range of life challenges including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addiction, trauma recovery, grief and loss, relationship concerns, and sexual orientation and gender identity issues, as well as the self-management of chronic pain and other chronic health conditions.
She utilizes a consultative approach that recognizes and builds upon each person’s existing self-knowledge and skills. Her work is rooted in the belief that we all have the inner wisdom necessary for leading a life that is happy and rewarding, though we are sometimes presented with challenges that can make it difficult to connect with this inner strength and clarity.
Though Laura tailors her interventions to meet each individual’s unique therapy needs, her work has been informed by several evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). A commonality of these approaches is a focus on mindfulness, which can be central to healing and change. She helps clients employ mindfulness skills to become more self-aware, strengthen self-compassion, and more fully enjoy everyday experiences. Additionally, she provides Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to assist with the resolution of traumatic experiences and “stuck” patterns that may interfere with one’s quality of life.
Laura has worked in both clinical and leadership roles in several non-profit organizations, including serving as the clinical director at Community Counseling Center in Portland. In addition to her private therapy practice, Laura currently supervises behavioral health clinicians and leads behavioral health integration at Portland Community Health Center.
Contact Laura by email or by phone at (207) 773-0073.