About My Practice
Lou-Ann Lauborough, LICSW
Psychotherapist, Clinical Social Worker, Consultant
Office/Cell Phone: (360) 876-1496
Fax Number: (360) 307-8657
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Accessibility: Office is wheelchair accessible.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the State of Washington (license #LW00005071). I hold a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington School of Social Work, granted in 1987. I have been a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in good standing since 1985. I specialize in geriatric mental health, disabilities, grief and loss, and am a consultant and a public speaker. I have also completed advanced training in hypnotherapy.
Counselors practicing counseling and hypnotherapy for a fee in the State of Washington must be registered or licensed with the Department of Health for the protection of the public health and safety. Registration of an individual with the department does not include a recognition of any practice standards, nor necessarily implies the effectiveness of any treatment.
Counselor Credentialing Act
The purpose of the law regulating counselors is (a) to provide protection for public health and safety; and (b) to empower the citizens of the State of Washington by providing a complaint process against those counselors who would commit acts of unprofessional conduct.
My Background and Experience
As a graduate student in the School of Social Work, I studied in the Human Services track, specializing in the fields of Aging and Health Care.
I have been practicing as a Clinical Social Worker for 30 years. My positions included Geriatric Mental Health Specialist, Hospice/Medical Social Worker, Bereavement Counselor, Social Worker/Enrollment Coordinator in an adult day health program (working with adults of all ages living with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities), Nursing Home Social Services Director, and Case Manager. As a psychotherapist, I have provided individual, couple, and family counseling; facilitated numerous therapy and support groups; and consulted as a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and a Grief & Loss Specialist to nursing facilities, retirement homes, and with other professionals in mental health and health care. In 2014, I completed training in Hypnotherapy at the Wellness Institute in Issaquah, WA.
In addition to my professional experience, I have had several years of experience as a family caregiver and have experienced many personal losses in my life, which contribute to my ability to be empathetic and helpful to my clients.
I work with individuals, families, and couples. I have had extensive education and experience working in the areas of aging and caregiver issues, grief and loss, coping with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, relationship issues, depression, and anxiety. My practice is limited to adults only; especially older adults and persons with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. With my client's authorization and upon his or her request, I will work in concert with his or her medical professionals, other therapists, or other care providers to meet his or her needs.
I use a holistic approach in therapy to assist in integrating the emotional, social, physical, spiritual, medical, and developmental needs of the individual. I use Systems Theory which takes into consideration the influences on individuals of their family, the broader community, and environment. My therapeutic style varies depending on the needs of each individual client in either brief or long-term therapy. I may utilize Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Solution-based, Validation, Humanistic, Gestalt, Motivational, Imagery and interactive techniques as needed. I may also suggest the use of homework assignments to continue the work outside the therapy sessions.
It is important that my clients feel comfortable with me and/or my methods. You have the right to choose a therapist whose treatment modalities best suit your purposes. You have the right to refuse treatment and/or to ask for a referral to a different therapist.
I am a provider for Medicare Part B and many other insurances. Private pay rates are competitive. A sliding scale is available for those who are uninsured and have a limited income. For more information, contact my office at (360) 876-1496.
Fees, deductibles, and copayments are due at the time of the session, and it is the clients' responsibility to pay all fees not covered by their insurance.
"Lou-Ann and I have been friends and colleagues for many years. We have co-facilitated grief & caregiver groups together and she has referred clients in the past to my journal writing classes to enhance their personal growth.
Lou-Ann is, without question, a well-respected and accomplished mental health professional. Throughout the years I’ve known her, she has consistently proven herself to be caring, compassionate, ethical and
reliable. I would highly recommend her as a therapist and grief counselor."
Rae Hight, RN, MA
Holistic Wellness Coach
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified Journal to the Self Instructor
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