Laura Prado, LMSW
My name is Laura Prado. I am a licensed professional social worker, specializing in alcohol and drug counseling, and I am also a certified grief counseling specialist. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from North Central College and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. In my role as a social worker, I have learned that most people are on a journey to discover their true authentic selves. It is my joy and honor to walk alongside clients in their journey through the development of an authentic relationship, therefore, I work from a relational approach to counseling while being genuine and empathetic in each unique session.
I am also bilingual and I welcome Spanish-speaking clients.
I have worked with young children, adolescents, adults, and families with a range of mental health and behavioral problems. My experience centers around community based, agency based, and inpatient psychiatric hospital-based settings. Over the years, I have worked with a variety of diagnoses which include the following: ADHD, addiction, borderline personality disorder, anti-social personality disorder, depression, anxiety, narcissistic personality disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, trauma, schizoaffective, and bipolar I and II. I am trained in several evidence-based approaches, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT); cognitive behavior therapy (CBT); acceptance commitment therapy (ACT); and motivational interviewing (MI). My goal is to assist clients develop a healthy level of functioning that will lead to renewed hope and happiness. The therapeutic relationship is a collaborative journey allowing me to assist clients in a next step toward improving their life situation, relationships, and outlook.
Grief and Loss
Grief work is a journey that allows you to gently embrace your pain and honor your feelings. As a certified grief counselor, my goal is to walk with you through the grief process. I have a supportive and strengths-based approach customized to your unique story of grief and loss. I aim to create a place of support, safety, and acceptance without judgement in which you can comfortably explore the direction best suited for your personal healing and wellness.
Substance Abuse Treatment
I specialize in treating substance use disorders and strive to “meet people where they are at,” I employ a variety of evidence-based techniques that align with the unique needs of each client. Together we will address root causes rather than simply brief solutions to outer problems. I maintain a non-coercive and non-judgmental environment as it provides diverse clients with a safe place to heal in a trusting, supportive, and emotional environment.
For individuals seeking Christian and faith-based therapy, I strive to create a sacred space in my office where clients feel free to bring their whole self, body, mind, and spirit. Working to create change takes courage. I look forward to walking alongside clients as they take their first steps toward deeper levels of health and wholeness.
How I Can Serve You
I work from a relational approach to counseling and I am authentic, down-to-earth, honest, and straightforward. My priority is in establishing a trusting relationship so that a sense of trust can be built. In doing so, a strong alliance is more likely to develop and goals can be achieved. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. It is important that all clients know that they are the experts in the way that they feel, and I, as a therapist, am there to assist with processing and making sense of everything that is going on. I utilize many therapeutic tools based on the individual needs of each client. I have a passion for working with families, teens, and couples. I value a strong therapeutic alliance and believe that a supportive and collaborative working relationship is key in assisting clients to improve their overall quality of life. I am committed to assisting people find their inner strength, power, and passion.
More About Me
I have 3 beautiful children whom I consider to be my greatest treasures. I love to volunteer in my community and enjoy activities such as running, yoga, hiking, and salsa dancing. In terms of my spiritual journey, I participate in a women’s faith-based community group, and I love going on nature walks as it keeps me mentally grounded and fully aware of God’s beauty, grace, and wonder.