Laura Newman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Los Angeles. She was a Staff Counselor at The Relational Center after having received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Previously Laura received her B.F.A. in film from the University of Southern California. Laura’s career spans from production executive, to partner in a gallery/retail store, to Licensed General Contractor. Laura has also been on several Boards of Directors, and currently sits on the Board of Camp Brave Trails. In addition, she has spent the last several decades as a mentor, tutor and advocate for teens and members of the HIV/AIDS and transgender community.
With her husband, Jim Tauber, Laura has been trained as a PACT® couples therapist. The use of this psychobiological, neurological and attachment approach has invigorated her work. PACT counseling deepens the work with couples by nurturing a greater sense of collaboration, a greater understanding of how the brain works, and a more broad awareness of how individuals attach to each other and find how they feel safe.
Laura has also been trained in relational/gestalt and experiential psychodynamic therapy, which supports working with individuals to deepen their awareness of who they are and what they want. She helps individuals navigate the intricacies of their thoughts and feelings and their goals and conflicts, while deepening their empathy and understanding of themselves. She encourages individuals to understand their needs more clearly, tolerate intense feelings, and above all value their authentic true self.
Laura is also trained in EMDR. EMDR is an effective form of treatment for unresolved and unexplored trauma, its goal to eliminate or decrease the symptoms of these past traumas. It is effective for panic, grief, disturbing memories, stress, eating disorders, and addiction to name a few. Often an upsetting memory may become frozen in time and have lasting negative effects, interfering with daily life. Studies have shown EMDR can shift the processing of these memories.
Working with couples, Jim and Laura practice EMDR with partners who have experienced trauma and desire to process these experiences within the context of couples therapy. This experience can create new levels of intimacy and depth for partners, as well as an improvement to the relational regulation from the resolution and exploration of upsetting memories.
A Personal Note……
Invisibility has been a theme throughout my life. Don’t we all feel invisible at some point?...we hide, we are isolated, we don’t have a voice or think we shouldn’t have a voice. Sometimes it is our family that triggers our silence, often it is our culture that teaches us it is useless to speak up, sometimes we just stop ourselves…we hold back because we think we don’t have something important to say.
Yet we are not actually stronger when we stay hidden – we become stronger only as we become more willing to be seen, to be vulnerable. We all long to be insiders, not outsiders.
Expressing feelings is not key to change, seeing the feelings as the origin of actions and understanding where those feelings come from is what facilitates change.
Becoming a therapist has given me the tools to support others in finding their voice because everyone has something important to say. I support sharing that voice in the therapeutic setting as we are all stronger when we don’t do it alone.