Laura Brown, MA – Clinical Art Therapist, LPC Intern
Laura has a master’s degree in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Laura has made it her life’s work to embrace the transformative qualities of “making special” – using what we have available in our everyday lives to create something unique and meaningful to us.
Laura’s therapeutic approach is grounded in the belief that all individuals possess the inherent strengths necessary for confronting life’s challenges. Integrating experiential creative practices into a supportive therapeutic relationship, Laura supports clients in building the resilience and resources that enable optimal functioning, personal growth and healing. Laura has worked in clinical settings serving a variety of diverse populations such as palliative patients, individuals with developmental disabilities and at-risk youth in psychiatric day treatment and public school settings.
Laura has focused much of her professional development on the impact of adverse experiences throughout the lifespan, and especially on how trauma affects development in childhood and beyond. Laura believes that positive, reliable attachments are fundamental to healthy functioning, and that healthy attachment can be modeled and explored through a compassionate therapeutic relationship. Laura endeavors to facilitate clients’ growth through personal creativity and connection with the natural world.