Laura Poulter, LCSW
“Remember that the minute you take your first step into the life of your dreams, the first to greet you there will be fear. Nod. Keep walking ”
Free 15-min Intake Call
Online and In-Person Sessions
$100 per 50-min Session
Sliding Scale Available
Not accepting insurance:
United Healthcare & BCBS accepted in upcoming weeks
Payment is due at the beginning of each session. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.
Couples and Families
Personal expression difficulties
Perhaps you have hopes and dreams for yourself but all you know is that whatever you do, it’s never enough. Maybe you avoid looking in the mirror because you don’t like who you see. It could be that you don’t know where to go but all you know is that you don’t want to be where you are. If any or all of these things are true for you, then you’re in the right place.
These sharp pains or feelings of numbness can be overwhelming, but the fact that you’re here on this page means you’re taking the most important step in reaching out for something greater.
Those really big goals like “I want to be happier,” “I want to not hate my life,” and “I just want to feel loved,” can feel difficult to reach on your own. Together we can break those goals down so they are more clear and can actually be ACHIEVABLE. As you help me see life through your eyes, I’ll help you to see alternatives to those old stories you might be telling yourself. Building this understanding and moving toward an exciting new potential can help you not only to just get by, but to fully live.
How I Work
In my work with individuals and families impacted by addiction, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma, I have found mindfulness to be a truly helpful foundation upon which one can build a more fulfilling life. I particularly love how the concepts and practices of mindfulness can be adapted to fit YOUR unique goals and current lifestyle.
In our work together we will look at how you tell the story of your life and better
understand the past experiences that have shaped you. We will use techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to explore your thinking patterns, so that you can start to connect the “WHATs” and “WHYs” behind how you view yourself and your life. This will help you go beyond limiting beliefs and toward the things in life that provide you meaning and purpose.
Another tool that I enjoy using is called “parts therapies”, which theorizes that we all have different parts of ourselves which can come into conflict. With this intervention, I will guide you to come to terms and connect with the unhelpful self-critic and take back the driver’s seat in your life. Together we will find your core self, get comfortable there, and move toward integrating your whole self into your everyday life.
Laura Poulter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree of Social Work with a Mental Health concentration from Washington University in St. Louis.
In her early career development, Laura valued learning from multiple disciplines and spent time listening to people affected by homelessness, connecting intentionally with community service providers, delivering suicide prevention support, and understanding the personal impact of the court system on the lives of the community. While studying abroad, she developed a two-day training for educators in Ecuador to help combat gender violence in schools. Most recently, Laura spent her post-graduate years at a Harris House Foundation helping adults with Substance Use Disorders and other co-occurring mental health diagnoses to find hope and clarity. She provided structured support to assist clients in rebuilding lives of recovery. Laura designed and facilitated group therapy and provided therapy for not only the individual afflicted with addiction, but their support-family as well by providing couples and family therapy to those affected by their loved one’s disease.
When she is not in the therapist chair, Laura enjoys varied activities including paddle boarding in the Austin area, trying her hand at pottery, playing with her nephew-dogs, maintaining a spirituality practice, and reading a menagerie of books.