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Laurie Dotten

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Director & Supervisor

Pronouns: She/Her

Style: Light-Hearted, Accepting, and Insightful

Works with:

  • Individuals
  • Child/Family
  • Couples
  • Adult Families

Who I am as a Therapist

 

I am so grateful to love what I do and to have the opportunity to be a part of others’ lives and their process of learning, awareness, and change. I am committed to the work of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. I believe in making our work relational and integrational in order to be transformational. I am committed to learning because I don’t know everything and want to offer a non-judgmental space to be curious about your struggles. I enjoy working with any population but truly thrive when working with young children and their families, along with individuals and couples.  

 

As a true social worker, I am committed to equality for all persons and my own awareness of my white privilege and agency. I understand the importance of being client-centered, LGBTQIA+ affirming, culturally sensitive, and racially responsive.  

 

I strive to deeply witness, understand and hold space for you in your moments of pain and uncertainty. In times of hardship, we must be compassionate with ourselves and our process. We all have uniquely rich and complex stories that shape our own meaning and understanding of ourselves and the outer world. Many challenges can derail, uproot and halt us from harnessing our power and realizing our potential.

I aspire to offer a transformative therapeutic experience that will enable you to realize your best and most authentic self. Together we will cultivate the skills, insights, and self-confidence intended to benefit you years beyond our time together.

My therapeutic perspective is rooted in multicultural family systems theory, a trauma-informed lens, and attachment-related work. I bring to the therapy room a strong understanding of childhood and adult development, an awareness of individual and family culture along with an extensive knowledge of the impacts of trauma. Trauma lives in our bodies, and my job is to help both the body and brain heal, through authentic relationship, attachment, psychoeducation, and movement. My approach is integrative and utilizes Interpersonal Neurobiology, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Expressive Arts, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

Specialty Areas

Mental Health Challenges 

  • Anxiety (General, Panic, Phobias)
  • Attachment & Relational Challenges
  • Behavioral Challenges in Children
  • Biracial Couples/Families
  • Blended Family
  • Cultural & Systemic Oppression
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Grief & Loss
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Neurodiversity
  • Parenting
  • Trauma Recovery (PTSD & Abuse)
  • School Issues
  • Women’s Issues

Therapeutic Approaches 

  • Anti-Racist Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC)
  • Transgender Affirming Care
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Problem Solving (CPP)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Gottman Method
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy

Who I am when I’m not a Therapist

I was born and raised in Montana and my heart belongs in the great outdoors. Hiking rejuvenates me and brings me peace. Most days, I find peace and joy in my roles as a partner and parent of two amazing children. We enjoy playing in the sun in the summers, going camping and hiking with our dog. Gardening, biking and yoga are some of my favorite things to do along with drawing, painting and being creative with my children.

Education 

  • BA in Family Systems and Psychology at Missoula, MT
  • MA in Social Work at Portland State University, OR

Training & Experience  

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(503) 349-2281