Dr. Lawrence takes a straighforward, active and involved
role when counseling. She is open and honest, while keeping
warmth, humor, genuine caring and respect central in her relationships
with clients. Dr. Lawrence maintains an office atmosphere
of comfort and safety, so that self-exploration and growth
can take place as quickly and easily as possible.
Dr. Lawrence approaches counseling from a theoretically integrated
perspective. She believes in looking at how past experiences
affect current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In particular,
she helps people see how those experiences helped to shape
their beliefs and expectations, and how those in turn affect
the way they experience life. Dr. Lawrence incorporates an
educational approach in her work with clients – providing
information about theory and research to help them gain self-understanding.
She believes in employing practical methods such as behavioral
exercises and thought-changing techniques to help accelerate
the processes of growth and change. Trusting that people naturally
wish to improve themselves and to enhance their life experience
is also a core element of Dr. Lawrence’s belief system.
Dr. Lawrence has been providing counseling and psychotherapy
for a broad array of issues and concerns for over ten years.
Primarily working with adults, she has addressed identity,
self-esteem, and relationship issues. She has helped people
recover from the experience and aftermath of traumatic events,
cope with feelings of depression and anxiety, manage feelings
of anger, and address a variety of compulsive and addictive
behaviors. In addition to her work as a counselor / therapist,
Dr. Lawrence has taught at the university level and has conducted
research within the Milwaukee community.
Education and Credentialing
Dr. Lawrence earned her doctoral and master’s degrees
in clinical psychology, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Her graduate education included minors in counseling psychology
and biological psychology. Dr. Lawrence actively pursues continuing
education to advance her specialty areas and to acquire additional
techniques. She has acquired significant post-graduate training
in relationships and couples counseling, divorce mediation,
life coaching, trauma counseling, substance abuse, and hypnosis.
She is licensed by the state of Wisconsin, is a member of
the American Psychological Association (www.apa.org),
and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers
in Psychology (www.nationalregister.org).