Erika Laurentz (she/her)

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I am a 71-year-old trans woman who's lived a passionate life. I am rehabilitating an old sailboat and plan to go voyaging in 2 years.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Olympia, WA
Supervised by Brian Kennedy, LMFT

About My Clients

About ½ my clients are couples. My individual clients represent a broad spectrum of society, from those who are struggling to pay their bills to those who are economically secure. My clients represent all genders and flavors of sexual orientations. The unifying characteristic that all my clients share is that they are looking for safety and are ready to work on healing the wounds that we all carry, to greater or lesser extents.

My Background and Approach

Beyond a Masters in Psychology with a marriage & family therapy focus, I have of additional training in trauma therapy (Somatic Experiencing--advanced level training) and couples counseling (PACT-Levels 1-2). Links to these training programs are below. I am currently training in Gabor Maté's technique of Compassionate Inquiry, which dovetails with my training as a trauma therapist. I am a certified NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner. NLP training includes working in both deep trance (the traditional hypnotic trance) and light trance states. Outside the realm of traditional psychotherapy, I am an Usui Reiki Master, tracing my lineage directly back to Dr. Usui, the founder of modern Reiki. I also completed a 4-year shamanic healer training program. Both enable me to hold safe space for clients. https://traumahealing.org/professional-training/ https://www.thepactinstitute.com/training

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that people are basically good and that when evil exists in the world, it's mostly the result of early trauma. I am not naive in saying this; I began my career as a therapist working in a prison. I believe that people can and do heal. I believe that most of the harm we do to ourselves and others is the result of early defenses that became default behaviors. When default defenses turn harmful, they are maladaptive. I believe that being a trans woman is one of the greatest gifts that I could have received. I am not saying that being trans is easy. Being trans kept me from wanting to submerse myself into groups when I was young. Being trans cost me a comfortable career in law and a comfortable marriage. And, being trans woke me up to living a deeply authentic life.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Taoism
  • Wicca/Paganism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $120/session

Info

844-571-5035 Email Erika
1204 4th Ave E
Olympia, WA 98506

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