Laura Maria Patron, PhD
Hello! I am Laura Maria. I am so glad you are here!
Both, as a psychotherapist and as a woman of faith, I truly believe in the importance of the wellbeing of ALL humanity. My approach includes mind, body, and spirit. We are not parts, we are not pieces, we are SOMEBODY, we are SOMEONE. I welcome you to reflect and evaluate the importance of embarking on your mental health journey, and I invite you to do it, together!
I provide individual, couples, family, and group counseling sessions. My style of therapy is specialized to the individual needs and goals of each client. Therefore, specific techniques will vary accordingly. I mainly provide a faith-based therapeutic environment. The initial consultation session begins with a comprehensive individualized assessment where I gather detailed information about your life and the changes you need/would like to make. I provide therapy both in-person and telehealth. Please read under Therapeutic Mental Health Treatments for a full description of the services I provide.
Education and Experience
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and with a minor in Gerontology. Seeking and eager to learn more, I then graduated with a Master's in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL. I also obtained my Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, Costa Mesa, CA. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida (License # MH 15925) and a Qualified Supervisor.
I am enrolled in the Theology of the Body certification program with the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia, USA. I am also EMDR trained.
I have experience working in community centers and not-for-profit agencies with various populations ranging from families, the elderly, adults, young adults, adolescents, and teenagers. Settings varied from senior centers, domestic violence, diversion programs, and substance abuse.