Laura Knowles, Ph.D
Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern
providing services with supervision from
Michael Devine, M.A., LPC-Supervisor 

Laura Knowles, PhD
Licensed Professional Counselor 

Services

Individual Counseling

Romantic Relationships Counseling

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) 

The Daring WayTM  Workshops and Counseling

Vocational Assessment and Counseling

Emotional Support Animal Evaluation

Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Children 

Family Counseling

Parent & Co-Parenting Coaching




Individual Counseling
I specialize in working with women and issues related to our gender and the demands we face in the modern world. I treat a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, ADHD, substance abuse, sexual  dysfunction, under-achievement, anger management, difficulty with boundaries and other interpersonal problems.  I enjoy working with teens and will see young women age 10 and up and young men age 13 and older, depending on maturity and ability to express themselves verbally.  My office is a safe zone for anyone in distress and looking for a place for self expression and growth.

Couples Counseling
Helping couples reconnect and find joy in each other is my absolute favorite part of being a therapist.
I work with couples from all walks of life and in all stages of their relationship.  Some couples simply need to learn communication skills to keep their disagreements from escalating. However, others need assistance learning how to appropriately parent their children as divorced individuals. If you are considering relationship counseling I encourage you to find a counselor you are both comfortable with and do it sooner rather than later.  I would be honored to help you and your partner navigate the difficulties plauging your relationship.


The Daring WayTM  Workshops and Counseling
The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of? Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. During the process facilitators explore topics?such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. 
 
Further information is available at www.thedaringway.com. 
The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of? Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. During the process facilitators explore topics?such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. 
 
Further information is available at www.thedaringway.com. 
These workshops and counseling experiences are based on
the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. During the process certified facilitators explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. Further information is available at www.thedaringway.com



Emotional Support Animals 

For many individuals with anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress an animal is their best friend and a their best source of comfort.  Many scientific studies have shown the physical and emotional health benefits of pet ownership.  Now the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has recognized this need and has offered guidelines for those individuals who face housing difficulties because of their strong attachment to their pet(s).  

In order to confirm an individual's eligibility for an Emotional Support Animal I will need to meet with the client/patient, conduct an assessment of their psychological health, and establish a treatment plan for the client.  The law requires any health practitioner providing documentation for an Emotional Support Animal attest to the fact that the client is under our care.  Thus, I do require a treatment plan for the emotional difficulties and follow-up session(s).  In my opinion, I am not helping a client if I simply provide ESA documentation, based on their social anxiety, and I fail to help the client manage/overcome their anxiety; as the pet is not a substitute for healthy human relationships. The treatment plan will be created with the client and will depend on each client's type and level of disability.


 
EMDR
EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy tool originally designed to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The aim of EMDR is to reprocess and effectively integrate traumatic and disturbing memories and experiences.  The technique is now utilized to treat a wide range of psychological problems including depression, anxiety, panic and phobias, grief, eating disorders, chemical dependency and recovery from physical or sexual assault/abuse. I was trained in EMDR by the amazing Kendhal Herrera, PsyD, LPC and Kristie Boggs, MA, LPC of Dallas. These highly experienced practitioners of EMDR are certified by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)  to teach these techniques to qualified licensed mental health practitioners.

Coaching
Coaching is slightly different from psychotherapy in scope and in duration. I specialize in helping individuals achieve their lifestyle change goals. Specifically, I enjoy working with clients who are fighting obesity and desire a healthier and more active life. I help clients in areas of motivation, planning and implementation of life changes, as well as helping them deal with roadblocks in their journey. Coaching involves traditional 'sessions' like therapy, but might also include outings with the coach to a grocery store, restaurant, or gym, for example. This outside 'treatment' allows the coach to assist the client with their difficulty right when the trouble begins and to redirect behavior before failures occur. This type of hands-on intervention is helpful for weight loss and lifestyle changes as well as issues of social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, and parenting difficulties.

 Parent Education and Parent Coaching
Parenting is hard, and kids don't come with instructions. Psychology has so much to offer parents, from information about potty training and toddler discipline, to teenage transitions and empty-nest issues.  I absolutely love sharing psychologies insights with parents. I offer everything from one-time coaching sessions focused on a specific problem, to Supernanny style household interventions. Parents and kids are under so much pressure today that I believe we can all gain something from the psychological sciences.