Laura Wozniak, MS, NCC
The Center for Counseling & Well-Being, LLC
I am honored to be a part of your journey toward wholeness and well-being.
Life is full of seasons. Joy and sorrow, success and failure, pleasure and pain. These are the seasons of the human experience. And although we can’t always control our circumstances, we can choose to step back, take a breath and look at our situations under a new light. I provide the safe and supportive space for you to do just that. I work with adults and adolescents who want to reconnect with their inner wisdom and resiliency, and break free from daily suffering. Our therapy sessions will help you to understand and make meaning of your past experiences and present day struggles, so that you can turn them into strengths.
My approach to therapy is holistic and collaborative. I meet you where you are and together we will look at your life experiences and resulting thoughts, emotions, relationships, and patterns of behavior. We’ll sort through what’s working and not working, so that you can develop a clear path toward living a balanced life and thriving under any circumstance.
I understand the courage it takes to seek therapy, and I consider it a privilege to be a part of your unique journey and healing process. I look forward to connecting with you to discuss how our therapy sessions can provide you with some immediate stress relief for body, mind and spirit as we work toward creating lasting positive change. You are not alone!
I hold a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Neumann University, and am a National Certified Counselor and Master's Level Therapist working toward PA licensure. In addition to private counseling, I have had the privilege of working as an individual and group therapist in a behavioral hospital setting where I served adults and adolescents struggling with a variety of mental health issues including: depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, PTSD, anger management and impulse control, schizophrenia, mood disorders, substance use, low self-esteem and poor communication skills. I’ve also served as a hospice and bereavement counselor providing psychosocial emotional and spiritual support for individuals nearing end of life and their loved ones. Additionally, I’ve worked in community mental health as an advocate for at-risk teen parents helping them achieve goals such as: developing positive parenting skills, creating healthy peer relationships, building communication and coping skills, increasing self-esteem and self-advocacy, and developing emotional regulation and long-term goals for the future. In each of the instances above, I found the work to be life-affirming and reflective of the inherent dignity and worth of all human beings.
*See the "Tenets of My Practice" section on the Therapy page to learn more about how I practice.
Personal Statement: At the core of my counseling practice is my own commitment to continued growth and self-discovery. I regularly participate in clinical supervision and postgraduate training for professional development. I fervently believe that in order to help to others on their path of healing, I must consistently work on my own personal and professional development. My own journey toward healing includes sessions on the therapist couch, meditation and mindfulness practices, countless hours hiking through forests, multicultural and spiritual studies, and the joyful movements of Tai Chi Chih. I am a lifelong learner who considers all experiences to be valuable and sacred, and I continue to embrace and learn from the full spectrum of emotions and experiences that appear in my life on a regular basis.