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Meet Laura A.

Laura A

Practicum counsellor

Counsellors

About

My name is Laura, and I am a second year Master’s student in the Counselling Psychology program at UVic. I am a settler of mixed German and Scottish ancestry, born on the territories of the Semiahmoo people. I have been gratefully living and working on the unceded territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations for the past ten years. I feel very privileged to be a new visitor to unceded lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territory. I identify as queer and I use she/her or they/them pronouns.

Counselling approach

I have primarily worked with children, youth, and young adults in my previous work and practicum experiences. I hold a diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy, and I was previously working as an Expressive Arts Therapist for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. My background in expressive arts therapy has informed my approach to counselling which deeply values collaboration and creativity.

I believe in the healing potential of relationships, and I endeavour to foster safety, caring, and trust in the counselling relationship. I honour your expertise and unique strengths as central in guiding our explorations together. My counselling approach integrates aspects from a range of counselling theories, while striving to collaborate with you in tailoring an approach that feels right for you. I am largely informed by narrative and feminist therapy, as well as experiential therapies (that bring focus to what is happening in the “here and now” within the counselling relationship).

My therapeutic orientation is supported by my commitment to anti-oppressive practice and social justice. I believe that we cannot understand individual healing without understanding the various ways that we may each experience privilege and oppression. I am invested in learning further about the ways that environmental and societal factors impact our wellness as well as discovering how we can nurture resilience on both an individual and community level.

I have experience supporting young adults in navigating the following challenges:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • life transitions and decisions
  • grief and loss
  • identity exploration
  • gender identity and sexual orientation
  • body image
  • relationship concerns and challenges

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