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Laura

Laura Marques Brown, LCPC

Pronouns: She/Her
Works with 16 and up, Couples, and Families

*Currently offering a waitlist for in-person Nature Informed Therapy/Ecotherapy*

*Currently offering a waitlist for virtual clients*

HEALING WORK

Therapy with me: As an Ecotherapist I am passionate about guiding my clients to rediscover their unique human-nature relationship throughout our time in therapy. The field of ecotherapy recognizes our intrinsic interconnection to the natural world. Due to various influences, this important connection has become severed in our dominant culture. I work to repair that disconnect with my clients. More specifically I work through a decolonizing lens which often means learning to re-humanize the process of therapy, the roles of both the therapist and the client, and acknowledging how systems of oppression impact the sense of agency you may or may not feel to be in the natural world. I believe that your identities (race, gender, sexuality, culture, able-bodiedness, etc.) impact how you relate to the world around you, including the natural world. So, working with me often begins with naming and exploring identity and generations of identity within your family system. Work with me is trauma-based, evidenced- based, body-based, breath-based and nature-based. My clients are often relieved to learn that therapy, while hard work, can also be a joyful place filled with genuine humor and safe connection. 

My impacting identities/roles that inform my work: I am a cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied, multicultural woman of color. I am also white passing which means that I have experienced a lot of privilege. My own healing process has been about reclaiming my cultural history and exploring impacts of being the first generation in my family to be born on American soil. This identity informs my human-nature relationship and how I move through the world. It also informs how I show up for you. I align as an advocate for queer, trans, indigenous, black people of color as a therapist, consultant and a trainer. I identify as part of the multicultural, multi-lingual, Latin-American, immigrant community and work especially well with clients who have a foot in more than one racial, ethnic or cultural world. I love working with clients on Embodied Code-Switching®, a framework created and taught to me by therapist, Marcia Edelman. 

I feel informed and knowledgeable about: Ecotherapy and Nature Informed Therapy, decolonial healing, transgenerational family trauma, the climate crisis and its impact on people, colonial trauma, indigenous trauma, complex trauma, symptoms of dissociation, addiction and cross addictions, avoidance behaviors, grief, extreme symptoms of hyperarousal (fight/flight response) or hypoarousal (freeze/fawn), anxiety disorders, mood disorders, compulsive and impulse disorders and disordered eating. 

I work best with clients who:  Feel stuck, have anxiety or ambivalence about being in therapy and are open to be being surprised by how nature can be a co-facilitator in their healing. The process of getting unstuck often involves slowing down the mind, the breath and learning the difference uncomfortable vs. unsafe This is a vulnerable practice, so I work best with people who are willing to practice being vulnerable, even if there is resistance at the beginning.

I am not a good clinical fit for clients who: Are unwilling to explore vulnerability or discomfort of any kind. I am also not a good fit for clients who have more traditional expectations of what a therapist is. You will not get the “therapy” version of me. You will get the whole hearted, boundaried, imperfect and authentic therapist, who is also a person. Because I work with complex generational trauma, we often go beyond “fixing” into a deeper process of healing. This process has a cyclical nature to it, that unfolds over time and works from the inside out, not the other way around. If you are looking for a quick fix, we likely won’t be a good fit.

What makes me unique: I have brought my skills back home to the east coast after living in Colorado (Arapahoe/Ute Territory) for the past decade. I am a part of a growing community of Nature Informed therapists in the area and have created a unique trauma informed framework for land-based healing that serves both clients and the natural world. I have unique and specialized training in transpersonal psychotherapy which recognizes the role of spirituality in healing, as well as mindfulness and meditation. I offer my expertise to clients and professionals alike with sincerity, warmth and humility. 

HOW I AM LEARNING AND GROWING

I am in the process of becoming a board approved supervisor in Maryland to support therapists and nature informed trainees develop their professional roles. I am also in monthly supervision and continued education as part of the faculty in the Center for Nature Informed Therapy and Anchored Hope Therapy. I am motivated and inspired by the works of Esther Perel, Dr. Jennifer Mullan, Resmaa Menakem and Gabor Mate. I am inspired by the ways they lead in the field of addiction, trauma and racialized healing. I also plan to complete an equine psychotherapy certification program within the next three to five years to incorporate working with horses when offering nature therapy to clients.

FUN FACTS/RESILIENCE BUILDING

Did you know…My first language was Portuguese. 

What resources me to build resilience… I truly believe that if I don’t take care of myself first, I can’t show up for anyone else authentically. So, I prioritize and protect things that provide me with nourishment like rest, movement and mindful connection with my family and the natural world. I try to sleep under the stars at least once every season.

EDUCATION

University of Colorado at Boulder

Naropa University, MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling- Wilderness Therapy

CERTIFICATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS

Nature Informed Therapist- Colorado 

Certified Addictions Certification Level I- Colorado (CAC-I)

Motivational Interview Certified Level I- Colorado

Wilderness First Responder- NOLS (International)

*Board Approved Supervisor for Maryland Social Workers and Professional Counselors (Fall 2022)