Laura Taormina is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) on our Integrated Behavioral Health team. BHC’s at Community Care Physicians are mental health providers, and many are embedded within our practices working side by side with your doctor and health care team in delivering you the best “whole person” healthcare possible. Laura is a member of the New York Mental Health Counseling Association.
Laura has experience in individual, couples, family and group counseling. She has facilitated multiple group therapy sessions on topics including relapse prevention, women’s issues, emotion management, anger management, healthy relationships, CBT and DBT. Laura has experience working with substance abuse, dual diagnoses, anxiety, depression, stress management, adjustment disorder, PTSD/Trauma, change of life events, ADD/ADHD, LGBTQ+, military families, parenting concerns, and many others. Laura’s worksite experience includes working in both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse facilities, HIV/AIDS, end of life and grief counseling, and IDD/OPWDD (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome, and other intellectual disabilities).
Laura first became interested in the field through observing struggles of her classmates with anxiety which led her to take a psychology 101 class during her undergraduate studies. Laura loves helping her clients live happier, more balanced lives. She works from a client centered approach incorporating techniques from multiple therapeutic modalities. She strives to provide a comfortable, open, non-judgmental and safe environment by meeting the client where they are at. Laura helps clients use self-compassion and mindfulness to help when life feels unmanageable. She knows it takes a lot of courage to start counseling (the first session alone is a huge accomplishment), and reminds you to be proud of yourself.
Laura loves spending time with family and her pets, gardening, reading, writing, watching movies, exercising, camping, hiking, spending time outdoors, traveling, cooking, baking, laughing, and taking naps in the hammock.
The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York, Master of Science in Education, Community Mental Health Counseling
New York Mental Health Counseling Association
Integrated Behavioral Health