My name is Laura Anderson and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Tennessee, Professor of Psychology, and an Approved Supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). I have a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and am in the final stages of completing my PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University with my research focusing on the experience of living in a healing body after sexualized violence and trauma. I am excited to see how these continued studies will help me grow personally and professionally and look forward to bringing in all that I am learning in my PhD program into the therapeutic setting! Being at Saybrook University has allowed me additional certifications and skills in Integrative Medicine including clinical hypnosis, energy medicine, and mindfulness practices. Additionally, I am an Abuse and Trauma Resolution Coach and founded the Center for Trauma Resolution and Recovery in 2021 - a group of trauma-informed professionals who's focus is on supporting individuals with religious trauma and/or have experienced adverse religious experiences (AREs), spiritual/religious/church abuse, coming out of purity culture, and faith deconstruction. In 2019 I co-founded the Religious Trauma Institute with the hope of educating clinicians, coaches, and other healers as well as advocating for victims of religious trauma.
I have been in the "people business" for almost 2 decades in various capacities. Working with teenagers and their families encouraged me to pursue further education in order to obtain a professional therapy degree. I began my therapy practice in Minnesota, which is where I am originally from, working with convicted adult and juvenile sex offenders in individual, group, family, and couples settings. I have been able to use my knowledge and experience from this time to help victims of domestic violence and abuse which I am grateful for!
After moving to Tennessee, I began working with two different non-profit agencies; first doing mental health screenings in middle and high schools and then working with adolescents and families doing intensive in-home therapy. These professional experiences have allowed me many opportunities with many people who deal with a variety of issues.
When I'm not at my office (and not studying!) you can find me on the greenway or a local coffee shop. I enjoy yoga, dance, reading, writing, meditation, and spending time with family, friends, and my dog, Phoebe.
Phoebe is my dog who has been coming with me to the office since she was two months old! Phoebe is a Bichon Frise-Shihtzu mix, commonly called a Teddy Bear Dog, so yes, she really is that cute all the time! Phoebe loves people (and has mastered "giving hugs") and people have taken to her quite nicely! Phoebe is with me during sessions and the older she gets, the calmer she is during the sessions--after her initial excitement of your arrival! However, I do realize that some people would prefer to not have an animal in the room, so if this is the case, please let me know and I would be happy to have another therapist in my building babysit her!