Laura D'Amico, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Welcome! My name is Laura D'Amico. I care deeply about people, and I am committed to providing high quality therapeutic services. I'm so glad that you're considering all that therapy has to offer. I value and honour diversity, and would like you to know that whoever you are, wherever you've come from and whatever you're going through, you are welcome here.
I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology with a biology minor at Wilfrid Laurier University. During my undergrad, I had the opportunity to conduct research in the field of cognitive neuroscience. I am fascinated by human beings as a whole, and believe that our bodies, minds, and spirits are all important elements of who we are. Following my time at Wilfrid Laurier, I spent a year working with an organization in Southern Africa where I developed a passion for working with survivors of trauma. I pursued a master's degree at Saint Paul University in counselling & spirituality, where I have had the chance to work with a variety of clients over the past two years. My master's research involves the needs of youth experiencing homelessness. I will complete my M.A. pending the completion of my research in August, and I am currently continuing my education through trauma counselling certifications with the Arizona Trauma Institute. I am also currently pursuing a Biblical Studies master's degree, and am passionate about the intersection between faith and mental health. You do not have to identify as religious or spiritual for us to work together, but this is something I am happy to offer if it is important to you.
Some of my experience includes:
Working in international communities (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Working with individuals experiencing homelessness
Working with individuals recovering from trauma, including sexual abuse
Working with individuals with neurodiversity
Working with individuals experiencing mental illness, including depression, anxiety disorders (GAD, OCD), and personality disorders
Working with members of the LGBTQ+ community
Working with youth, adults, and older adults
Approaches and Focus
I'm passionate about supporting individuals in finding their voices. My approach to therapy is trauma-informed and integrative, and I tailor my methodology to each individual client. This may include elements of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Logotherapy (meaning-making), and Psychodynamic theory.
My areas of focus include trauma, anxiety disorders (including obsessive-compulsive disorder), depression, and spirituality.
I work with youth, adults, and older adults.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
The cost per 50-minute session is $150. This cost may be covered (or partially covered) by your insurance plan. Because I am practicing under the supervision of Michelle Sorensen, Clinical Psychologist, sessions are billed as "Psychology." Clients can pay by e-transfer, cash, or cheque.
I work out of the Ottawa South Resiliency Clinic in Ottawa, Ontario. We are located at 2200 Prince of Wales Dr., unit 100. I also offer video sessions for residents of Ontario.