COMPREHENSIVE CHRISTIAN COUNSELING AND ASSESSMENT SERVICES

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Laura Ward, M.A.
Laura Ward

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Graduate School(s)

Richmont Graduate University, M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy, Child & Adolescent Therapy specialization

Undergraduate School(s)

Covenant College, B.A. in English

Types of therapy approach used

I desire to come alongside clients and help them write a better story for their life. This means looking at what has shaped them (relationships, family context, patterns of coping) and how they are currently functioning. I draw on family systems theory, psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, and narrative therapy to inform my approach, as well as utilizing interventions from other types of therapy (e.g. cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused) as needed. My Christian worldview shapes my approach and spirituality is incorporated into therapy as appropriate.

Age groups worked with

Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults, Couples, and Families

Types of problems seen

Mood disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior, communication & conflict resolution, social skills, parenting, marital and family relationships, divorce recovery & blended family issues, life transitions, chronic illness, grief & loss, trauma & abuse, self-harm, singleness, identity confusion, spiritual concerns, ministry and missionary care, cross-cultural transition & adjustment

Recent training in

Treating trauma in children; caring for cross-cultural workers and Third Culture Kids

City where I grew up

I was born in the United States but grew up in East and southern Africa as the daughter of missionaries.

Personal notes from Laura

Growing up overseas has given me a deep love for cultural variety. I enjoy enriching my life story through exploring food, music, and literature from around the world, traveling, and making new friends

Recommended Book(s)

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson

Stronger Than You Think: Becoming Whole Without Having to be Perfect by Kim Eckert

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Sue Johnson

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller