ABT Counselor and Therapist Profiles


  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma


  • Abuse (physical, sexual, financial, verbal, emotional, etc.)
  • ADD/ADHD & Behavioral issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Gender identity issues
  • Grief / Loss / Bereavement
  • Identity (ethnic / racial, gender, sexual, etc.)
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Marital (infidelity, divorce, communication or relationship issues, etc.)
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting issues
  • Pregnancy issues (infertility, abortion, prenatal, postpartum, complications, etc.)
  • Relationship Issues
  • School issues (bullying, poor behavior or grades, text anxiety, etc.)
  • Self-esteem Issues
  • Sexuality (lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, etc.)
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Women’s issues

Laurel has over 25 years of experience as a  Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She received her Master’s degree at James Madison University and completed Post Graduate work at James Madison University and Radford University.

Throughout her career, she has worked in private practice, community-based, and inpatient hospital settings.  She has been with Associates in Brief Therapy since 2006.

Laurel has a warm, down to earth style that focuses not only on the presenting concern but also builds on the individual, couple or family’s strengths.  She works with adolescents and adults.

Her work gives a feeling of acceptance and hope for her patients.  She uses proven, treatment approaches designed to bring about effective, lasting changes in the shortest amount of time possible.

Laurel serves a diverse group of clients and has a wide range of specialties.  Her specialties include treatment for: depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, relationship issues, postpartum depression, attention deficit disorders, trauma related issues, as well as, work and school difficulties   She is open to people from all faiths, and non-faith backgrounds, various gender identity and LGBTQ individuals.

Laurel retired in the Fall of 2022 and is no longer seeing patients. We wish her a multitude of blessings in her retirement!

Ages of Clients:

  • Teens (13-17 years)
  • Adults (18-64 years)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Families


Treatment Modalities:

  • Acceptance & Commitment
  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • Eclectic
  • Faith-based counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Family systems
  • Gottman Method
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Marital Counseling
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Person-centered