Laura Rodes, Counseling Intern
Laura is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at Georgia State University. She is pursuing qualifications as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) while under Dr. Wright’s supervision.
Laura likes to use Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness throughout her therapeutic process. She believes it is important to understand the strong connection between the mind and body, and how their relationship can affect your mental wellness. Laura believes that the client-counselor relationship is the most important aspect overall, and real change comes when you are connected and building a trusting relationship together.
Laura has a passion for helping teenagers and young adults navigate the difficulties of life. She enjoys helping clients work through anxious thoughts, feelings of depression, and trauma-related emotions.
Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Georgia. She is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Georgia State University. Laura has certification in ASIST Suicide interventions, Child Sexual Abuse, and Tele-Mental Health Counselling. She also has training in Trauma Counseling.
She has completed multiple research studies on the effects of Mindfulness practices with college students. Currently, she is a part of a research team studying suicidality with a geriatric population.
Laura enjoys researching and understanding the benefits of both Western and Eastern counseling practices. She recently studied and researched Ayurveda wellness in Pune, India. There, she learned more about the connection between the mind and body.
Laura believes in creating a safe space where people feel heard. She wants to create a trusting and non-judgmental environment where clients can understand their emotions and where they derive.
She also believes that most people are in search of happiness and that happiness begins with building self-awareness and cultivating personal factors that lead to happiness.