M.A LMFT #103214
Certification in Spiritual Direction
Specializes in Trauma, Abuse, Spirituality and Singleness
Contact Info: Laurie@cultivatesandiego.com or 651-433-6276
Up until my first experiences with therapy and spiritual direction, I lived my life afraid. Afraid of disappointing people. Afraid of doing it wrong. Afraid of being the only one. Afraid of God. Afraid of exposing the dark corners of my life. Afraid of never being enough. Afraid that there is something broken in me that can never be fixed. Afraid I’ll never belong. Afraid of being afraid.
And then, with small steps of big courage I exposed all of my fearful places; on the couches of my tribe of therapists and spiritual directors. While fear still comes to visit from time to time, my therapists and spiritual directors helped me realize that my fears and what caused them were not my identity. Much of the heaviness and isolation of fears effects have lifted, and I am free to be more and more…ME.
It’s my life’s honor and joy to walk with others who are afraid, confused, and hurting, offer an authentic, warm, safe place to find wholeness. Whether you’re suffering from relationship struggles, sexual abuse, trauma from your childhood, affects of narcissistic parents, or wrestling with your spirituality or sexuality, I’m here to help. I specialize in EMDR, a highly-researched method of therapy which successfully helps people heal from extensive levels of trauma. You will experience me as warm, appropriately humorous, authentic, and easy to talk to, yet not afraid to graciously push my clients towards holistic health of body, mind, and spirit.
While I grew up in the Christian Tradition, I welcome all faith expressions and journeys. I have certification in Spiritual Direction, which is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the Divine, or learn/grow in their own spirituality. I’m especially drawn to people who are disillusioned with God/church and are looking for a new way to look at his/her own spirituality with curiosity and openness.
Education : M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
B.S. Youth and Social Science, Crown College
Certification in Spiritual Direction, Christos Center for Spiritual Formation EMDR (I & II) , EMDRIA