Clients

At this time, there is a wait list for new clients. You may leave me your contact information and I will begin to schedule intakes in January 2019.

Mood Disorders

On the website for the The Mayo Clinic, they define mood disorder as “general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances and interferes with your ability to function. You may be extremely sad, empty or irritable (depressed), or you may have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (mania).”

Some examples of mood disorders include:

  • Major depressive disorder — prolonged and persistent periods of extreme sadness
  • Bipolar disorder — also called manic depression or bipolar affective disorder, depression that includes alternating times of depression and mania
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — a form of depression most often associated with fewer hours of daylight in the far northern and southern latitudes from late fall to early spring
  • Cyclothymic disorder — a disorder that causes emotional ups and downs that are less extreme than bipolar disorder
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder — mood changes and irritability that occur during the premenstrual phase of a woman’s cycle and go away with the onset of menses
  • Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) — a long-term (chronic) form of depression
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder — a disorder of chronic, severe and persistent irritability in children that often includes frequent temper outbursts that are inconsistent with the child’s developmental age
  • Depression related to medical illness — a persistent depressed mood and a significant loss of pleasure in most or all activities that’s directly related to the physical effects of another medical condition
  • Depression induced by substance use or medication ― depression symptoms that develop during or soon after substance use or withdrawal or after exposure to a medication

Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety is a word to describe a state of being that causes the person (system) to have excess worry and nervousness in every day normal life.

Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Having an increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Having difficulty controlling worry
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

 

Why select Laura Jo for your therapist?

A Good Fit

Being able to relate to your therapist goes along way to building a therapeutic alliance, which is very important to facilitating positive change.

My attributes include: being a native Texan, well-traveled, a mother to three children, married for 22 years to another UT-Alumni (Engineering), UT-Austin Alumni, karaoke enthusiast, and sister to two siblings, and I have a great sense of humor. I bring a LOT of perspective to our work together.

Training

My Master’s of Science in Social degree prepared to work with the individual and the community. Ongoing and recent training include:

  • Somatic Experiencing through the Healing Trauma Institute (framework for understanding and addressing trauma physiology)
  • Behavior Therapy Training Institute through the International OCD Foundation (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Collaborative

Acknowledging my strengths and limitations, the collaborations I have in the community mean that you are going to be connected to other helpful resources. Referral sources for past clients include:

 

Number of Clients Served in 2018

Thanks so much for our closure session. It was really helpful and wonderful. Probably one of the best things about your work is that you are a very good listener. You allowed me to speak about what I care about and waited until I managed to get to the point before you weighed in. I loved the way you had me cement in my body, the experiences I needed to. Thank you for your wisdom, concern, insight, and kindness.

Gail W.

Treatment for Hoarding Disorder

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Treatment for a Mood Disorder

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Treatment for Anxiety/OCD

During a brief phone call, Laura Jo will talk to you about how to prepare for your intake session.  It is not uncommon for Laura Jo to recommend a referral based on your needs at this time AND her availability and her scope of practice.