About MeLaura Wrzesinski, LMFT
Here are a few things for you to know about me:
I am queer-identified and a feminist who loves doing work with folks across the gender spectrum. I genuinely love the work that I do. I feel honored that people are willing to open up their hearts in order to build a better life. I believe that we can all create healthy, fun, and positive relationships. I also believe there is no single “right” way to live your life. You Do You!
Outside of my work as a therapist, I enjoy hiking, foodie adventures, listening to way too many podcasts (I’ll probably mention one or two in session!), and spending time in dog parks with my spouse and our new puppy, Ralph Jr.
What I Bring To The Table
Humor, honesty, compassion, and evidence-based knowledge of behaviors that make us healthier and happier in our lives. I’ll point out patterns you may not have seen, highlight the strengths you may have discounted, and remind you that you are the best expert at being authentically and beautifully you in this world. Whether we are working on building practical skills or exploring your personal history, I will be straightforward, non-judgmental, and collaborative in my approach.
What I Bring To The Table
Humor, honesty, compassion, and evidence-based knowledge of behaviors that make us healthier and happier in our lives. I’ll point out patterns you may not have seen, highlight the strengths you may have discounted, and remind you that you are the best expert at being authentically and beautifully you in this world.
My Education & Training
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz (2003), a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Dominican University (2005), and a Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University (2012). As you might guess, I love to read and consider myself a life-long learner. Don’t be surprised if I recommend books for you to read based on our work together!
After completing my graduate training, I worked as a Staff Therapist on the Mindfulness & Behavioral Therapies Team at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and later moved into private practice in Chicago before relocating to Portland, Oregon. I have enjoyed opportunities to be a guest lecturer and co-facilitator for graduate level courses at Northwestern University, and am currently completing my training as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
I have additional clinical training in mindfulness-based therapies including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy. I have also completed Basic Training in Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), and incorporate somatic and trauma-sensitive healing into my practice.