Laura Alfonso is passionate about helping clients express feelings, adopt helpful thought patterns, and achieve meaningful change. She holds a holistic view of counseling and her approach is responsive toward the unique needs and strengths of every client. Laura works to create a safe and encouraging environment where clients can feel valued and heard. Treatment modalities may include activity therapy and talk therapy.
Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. During her time at Dallas Theological Seminary, she received extensive training on incorporating spiritual issues into the counseling process. Laura works with clients from all faiths and worldviews and is able to offer Christian counseling to clients who prefer a Christian approach.
Laura specializes in individual counseling with adolescents and adults. She has training and experience in several different treatment modalities, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a highly effective modality in helping clients heal through trauma. Laura has past experience working in partial hospitalization settings as well as the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, where she provided therapy services to children and family members who have been impacted by sexual abuse. Laura is skilled in treating individuals who have experienced trauma as well as a variety of mood disorders, including depression, anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She is also skilled in helping individuals with suicidal ideation, self-harm, low self-esteem, and aggressive behaviors.
As a Cuban-American, Laura has a deep familiarity with multicultural contexts and Hispanic culture. She offers bilingual therapy for Spanish speakers.