Laura Wrzesinski

Laura Wrzesinski (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist providing trauma-informed therapy for LGBTQ+ and ADHD Adults.

Client Status

not accepting clients

Contact

971-930-0089

1327 SE Tacoma Street

#156

Portland, 97202

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $175

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2010

Languages: English

Faith: Agnosticism, Atheism, Interfaith, Multifaith

Services

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

I work with sensitive, creative, and gifted adults who tend to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. I am passionate about helping my clients find greater resilience and a sense of purpose in their lives.

My Approach to Helping

In session, I’m an engaged therapist. I ask questions, share resources, teach skills, guide meditation practices, and offer genuine feedback. I have a knack for explaining the science of being human to clients in a way that they can directly apply to their lives. I appreciate that there is always more to learn. I help clients to find their own voice and build more genuine relationships. Together, we work to understand what factors are currently causing distress and create a workable path towards change. I strive to create an environment of warmth and authenticity, and bring my own sense of compassion, humor, and non-judgmental curiosity into the therapeutic relationship.

My Values as a Therapist

I identify as a white, queer cisgender femme with ADHD. I care deeply about social justice and being anti-oppressive in my work and in my personal growth.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • EMDR External link

    I have completed training in EMDR, and use an Attachment-Based EMDR approach in my work with clients. EMDR can be a powerful tool for challenging stuck core beliefs about oneself, and for decreasing negative emotions and physical reactions related to traumatic experiences. I am happy to provide more information about EMDR so you can decide if it is right for you.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    While on staff at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, I was a member of the Mindfulness & Behavior Therapies Team. My mindfulness-based therapy training includes DBT, ACT, MBCT, FAP, Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy, and Compassion-Based Therapies. I believe that mindful awareness gives us a starting point for learning new ways of being in the world.

  • Couples Counseling External link

    I received my initial training and education as a marriage and family therapist at Northwestern University, where I learned to integrate the top models of couple therapy into a flexible and collaborative approach with my clients. I continue to attend trainings to improve my skills around emotionally focused therapies, sex therapy, attachment theory, and issues specific to LGBTQ couples.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • ADHD External link

    Life can be extra stressful for Adults with ADHD, and it impacts so much more than your productivity. In therapy, we create change by working with your ADHD, not against it. We unpack the old shame stories, explore the biological & systemic reasons why you may experience the world differently, and take steps toward the future you want for your life.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    I am a queer-indentified and LGBTQ affirming therapist. I have experience working with LGBTQ individuals, couples & their families across a wide range of issues, including: coming out, family acceptance, questioning gender identity or sexual orientation, improving dating patterns & strengthening long-term relationships, healing trauma & increasing self-acceptance.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    Couples often come to therapy with the goal of improving patterns of conflict in their relationships and increasing their intimacy and connection with their partners. My work with couples incorporates behavioral interventions (CBT), emotionally-focused techniques, mindfulness (ACT, DBT) and attachment theory to help clients build healthier relationships.

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