Laura Wozniak

Laura Wozniak (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW BCD

I use a straight-forward supportive approach, building on diverse strengths to develop resources.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-970-5659

7409 SW Capitol Highway

Suite 201

Portland, 97219

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $50-$150

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 1979

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ValueOptions

My Ideal Client

My practice is part time so I am not able to accept clients who need intensive services or the ability to contact me reliably at any time. I enjoy collaborating with other medical professionals. I can support recovery from addictions, recovery from mental illness and have a special interest in creative professionals and systems approaches. I also have a salaried position working with physicians and their families.

My Approach to Helping

Though originally trained in family systems with a CBT and Group orientation, I have added from Jungian, self-psychology, internal family systems, and addictions training (including eating disorders and alcohol). I am comfortable working with people who take psychiatric medication or people who have medical conditions. I appreciate collaboration with primary care providers.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am certified in mediation, using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and Gottman couples therapy. I enjoy doing team building with small organizations and have training in DBT/CBT/Mindfulness, PTSD, ADD and critical incident debriefing. My current practice involves handling the special challenges of stress due to the Covid 19 pandemic and social upheavals. I have many years of experience as a clinical supervisor.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Relational  External link

    I work to enhance all relationships since they underpin our mental and physical health as well as our ability to learn and adapt in our relationship with our self. I welcome my clients to bring other people in their lives into the therapy setting.

  • Eclectic External link

    This style best describes my work after 35 years. I do not want to imply that I have a lack of interest in specific approaches, but it is important to adapt my approach to the personality, strengths and needs of my client. I like to begin with the simplest interventions first and progress through relational and internal dynamics as effective and welcomed by the client. My underlying belief is that human well-being is supported through a sense of internal coherence, meaning and connection.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction External link

    I started my career working with addictions and codependency using the Johnson Family Institute training. I am qualified to explore diverse addiction issues- and help clients make decisions about further addictions treatment they may need to pursue or I can continue with them on an outpatient basis when weekly therapy is appropriate. I support 12 step programs, but other approaches may fit.

  • Chronic Pain or Illness External link

    I have worked for 12 years in a medical setting supporting patients who have a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions. I have worked to prepare patients for bariatric surgery, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, transplant and in supporting family members as well. I have skills and experience using guided imagery and relaxation skills which can enhance resiliency.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    I love helping people create and maintain happy supportive relationships where they can be at their best. I work with same-gender and male-female relationships as well as parent-child, sibling and work relationships. I have training in Gottman and other approaches such as dialogue. In relationship work, I am directive and support the relationship as my client where possible. I work to enhance couple bonding and bring in some lightness where possible to defuse negative interpretations

  • Adjustment Disorder External link

    Most people present with a life issue such as career, health or divorce. This issue must be addressed respectfully starting with the clients' concerns. If longer-standing personality, mood or other serious issues are complicating resolution and well-being, trust has been established to address those as well. Many of my clients struggle with historic mood issues as well as current problems.

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety and Depression go together. Both can be helped with CBT/DBT/behavioral and supportive interventions. It is important to help the client make life decisions that create a healthy life as the first step and to reduce the suffering due to the symptoms through coping skills including mindfulness and a hopeful perspective. At times, medication may be helpful and I can help monitor this with the prescriber.

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