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Last updated: 5/15/2017
Laura Jessup
Professional -- Branch: Virginia
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Gainesville Professional Counseling Center
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Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor who has been working in the mental health field in Prince William County since 2007. Her undergraduate degree in psychology is from George Mason University. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University as well as one in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.

Laura has worked with children, adolescents, and their families in home-based, school-based, hospital and outpatient settings. She has extensive experience with elementary aged children as well as at-risk adolescents in an alternative school environment. Laura also has clinical supervision experience. Her specialization and passion is working with children and adolescents, ages 3-17, using an integration of directive and non-directive play therapy techniques that facilitate coping, healing, and learning strategies for emotional, behavioral, and social growth. This treatment approach can be effective in treating anxiety, personal or family adjustment issues, improving social skills, academic challenges, trauma, grief, depression, ADHD, defiance, and other behavioral concerns. Laura enjoys teaching techniques that children and adolescents can use at home, school, or in the community to help them self soothe and get their needs met in a productive manner, while engaging parents and family members with positive parenting strategies and connecting them to community resources as needed. With older adolescents and young adults, she enjoys incorporating cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and acceptance-commitment therapy strategies that are effective in treating depression, anxiety, phobias, oppositional defiance, and at-risk/delinquent behaviors.

Laura is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society in counseling, as well as the Virginia Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy.
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