Most practitioners focus on coping with and eliminating symptoms. Laura goes for the root cause. When the root cause is addressed, wellness is achieved and improvements are noticed throughout the client’s life.
Studies say that a combination of psychotherapy and drugs work best for most problems. Laura understands that 450,000 deaths each year are attributed to preventable, medication adverse drug reactions. While Laura recognizes that prescriptions are sometimes necessary, her interventions are targeted to reduce or eliminate the need for drugs.
When Laura Giles says she practices “integrative mental health,” she means more than just deep breathing, mindfulness, and meditation. She is trained in many more modalities that impact the mind, body, and spirit because every person is different.
When Laura Giles was an intern, she was routinely given the tough cases that nobody else wanted. She cut her teeth on helping people other people had given up on. She is not intimidated by what is not easy and will not give up on you.
Laura Giles believes everyone is a beautiful, valuable being. She is able to see the light in people even when they have lost sight of it. She believes that we all have the ability to heal ourselves when we step into this light and let it shine. She encourages people to do this.
Laura work is holistic. She believes that healing cannot happen without energy. This energy can come from breath, energy work, or a change in diet. When the body and mind have what they need, they can heal themselves.
She believes that happiness and achievement come from learning and practicing effective skills. Practicing effective skills creates an effective lifestyle. She believes that this is something everyone can learn regardless of past history.
Laura Giles believes in self-determination. Each person has the right to decide what is best for him and how he wants to live.
Laura believes that each person’s time and money are valuable. She strives to earn each person’s business by leaving her client’s with something of value at each contact.
She believes that techniques and education are great, but healing happens when the relationship between client and helper is one of mutual trust and respect. So Laura strives to really understand each person as an individual and earn that trust and respect.
Laura believes in science. She’s always learning and growing to stay on the cutting edge of the latest discoveries to maintain effectiveness. Her areas of concentration are the brain, the gut brain, and energy body.
Laura Giles, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker, speaker, and author based in Richmond, Virginia. Her passion is helping people achieve their dreams and become empowered to solve their own problems. Laura Giles has appeared as an expert guest on radio talk shows across the country and also in newspapers and magazines such as The Daily Herald (Chicago), New You, The Journal Gazette, Almeda Times-Star, Tacoma News Tribune, and East West Woman.
Master of Social Work from Norfolk State University
Bachelor of Science in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University
Some Other Trainings
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
FiveStar Method of Co-Creative Dream Analysis
Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ)
Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS)
Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI)
Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
Progressive Counting (PC)
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Laura’s continuing education focuses on the mind/body connection with particular attention to the brain, gut brain, and quantum physics.
Adjunct Staff at the National Guild of Hypnotists annual convention (2004, 2005)
Speaker at The International Association for Research and Regression Therapies (2004)
National Registry of Who’s Who in Executive Professionals
Areas of Expertise
Relationships (marriage, divorce, gay and lesbian, extramarital families)
Trauma (PTSD, sexual assault, domestic violence)
Past life/spirit attachment issues