Laura Geddes, LPC-Intern

Supervised by Britney J. Watson, M.S., LPC-S

It was through my own counseling experience which led me to become educated and trained in the skills and art of counseling. I graduated in 2012 with my bachelor’s in psychology from Pennsylvania State University. After my husband’s retirement from the military, we moved back to our home of Austin, Texas. It was then I decided to continue following my passion and graduated from Texas A&M – Central Texas in 2019 with my master’s in clinical mental health.

 

Throughout my training, I found that clients are the catalyst for change and it is through the foundations of a therapeutic relationship, that allows for growth and change to occur. It is my goal to create a safe-space, providing an environment of unconditional positive regard and openness, helping individuals understand that they are in control of their own choices, giving them the opportunity to author their own lives and learn to accept themselves for their inner strength and self-worth, while challenging them to face difficult emotions. 

I see my work as a counselor as a collaborative approach with my clients. It is both an honor and privilege to bear witness to each client’s story. Your story is unique to who you are, and you are worthy and deserving of writing each chapter, authentically. Each client has a unique story with seeds of healing built within that story. I believe in seeing my clients as a whole person who is struggling with something whether it is anxiety, depression, relationship issues, substance abuse, communication, trauma, etc., and I believe that our emotions are one of our greatest resources.

 

When we understand our emotions as information, not instructions, we have access to all the rich information they provide to us about ourselves and the world around us. This is information, such as, how we might want to proceed in a challenging situation, where our boundaries lie, what we want and what we value. Learning to uncover and work with our feelings means we gain greater understanding in how we tick and how to nourish ourselves in the best way possible. This also allows us to minimize impacts of stress, anxiety, and other traumatic experiences in our lives while living lives that are full and vibrant. 

I also believe people define reality based on their life experiences.  It is this personal perception of reality, which governs behavior independent of the facts as others see them.  Perceptions of reality are based upon the persons' view of themselves, the world in which they live, and the meanings events have for them.  Everything a person does is reasonable and necessary at the time the person is doing it. I believe people are doing the best with what they have. People perform the best they can under a given set of circumstances, and if people knew in a moment how to behave more effectively, they would do so. 

I believe in a humanistic, holistic, and eclectic approach to counseling, because it is important to consider a balance of many aspects of your life in a quest for health. This includes exploration of what your relationships look like, your self-care practices, daily rituals and habits, and everything in between. Wellness demands finding an equilibrium and our emotions are at the core of this equilibrium. So, to develop resiliency and long-term wellness we need to find the balance between emotions and taking care of ourselves. 

While I often utilize an eclectic approach in humanistic and holistic wellness, I also utilize the following evidenced based modalities; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Existential therapy, Maslow’s Hierarchy, Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Person Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, as well as Positive Psychology. I  utilize a trauma-informed care perspective as well as multicultural awareness when discussing your care and treatment. Combining the above treatment options allows me to tailor treatment to each client’s distinctive needs and wants while providing an overall wellness approach to the treatment and care with which you are entrusting me. 

I see counseling as a rewarding experience, and I appreciate the honor and privilege to hear your stories while propelling you to the change you desire. I look forward to working with you and providing the safe space to be your authentic self. 

 

If you would like to see me, please email me at: 

laura@fireflytherapyaustin.com or call me at (512) 677-5974 to schedule a session. I am also open to scheduling a free 15-minute phone consultation before we meet.

 

Fee: $100 per 50-minute session

 

I offer a sliding scale to a select number of clients in need. 

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2525 Wallingwood Drive, Suite 301

Austin, TX 78746

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