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 Laura Black, 

M.A., LMFT

 

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #120628
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ABOUT LAURA

Simply put, practicing marriage and family therapy is what I was called to do. I've dedicated my life and career to understanding and improving human connection because the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives.

 

Extensively trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), I work from an integrative, trauma-informed, experiential approach to assist clients in improving relationship dynamics, navigating life’s challenges, overcoming past wounds, and developing greater self-awareness and self-compassion. I strongly believe in cultivating a safe, respectful, authentic, and emotionally healing experience within the therapist-client relationship that promotes an atmosphere of inclusion and cultural humility.

I have lived in many different parts of the world and feel fortunate to have discovered what aspects of daily living make me feel most invigorated! I find refuge from life’s stresses when taking long walks

on the beach with my two pups or spending time with my partner and close friends and family. I feel especially revitalized when working with those in the helping/health profession, educational field, and entrepreneurs. I specialize in working with issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, professional burnout, life transitions, couples counseling, family conflict, parenting, teens impacted by divorce, relational issues, trauma, crisis intervention, ADHD, and sexuality.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Law & Society and Psychology

from Purdue University

Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy from

the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP),

at Alliant International University

Awards

Couple and Family Therapy Educational Stipend Award

Issued by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) of the state of California. This grant represents my ability to effectively demonstrate evidence based skills while maintaining multicultural sensitivity.

Therapeutic Approach

Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), is an experiential, evidenced-based model that has been validated through decades of research. With a 70-75% rate of recovery for couples in distress, about 63% of couples maintain progress long after ending therapy, and about 90% of couples showing significant improvement; EFT assists couples in improving communication, changing patterns, strengthening the relationship bond, and (re)establishing connection, trust, and safety in the relationship. This powerful approach may be used in couple, family, and individual counseling. The model is based on the science of emotions, attachment theory, humanistic psychology and family systems theory. 

Attachment Theory Icon - EFT .webp

The science of attachment is the most advanced relationship science in existence today. Attachment refers the particular way in which you relate to other people. We each have a certain style of attachment that was influenced and developed at the very beginning of life. Once established, your attachment style remains in place and directly influences how you relate to yourself, in intimate relationships, and in how you parent your children.