Laura Sparkman is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Education with a Minor in Spanish in 2005. She later earned a Master of Counseling from Southern Methodist University in 2012. Laura has spent the last 18 years working across the medical, educational, and non-profit sectors with all demographics. She has served various roles as a teacher, learning specialist, guidance counselor and administrative / faculty adviser in both private and public schools in the greater Dallas area.
Just as a diabetic requires insulin and a person with vision impairment needs glasses, sometimes we benefit from emotional support to boost optimal brain health and function. Counseling is a safe, collaborative opportunity for you to take personal, self-care time assessing, processing and redefining your life. Learn to build skills to improve communication, social relationships, goal setting, decision making, time management, organization, work / life balance, self-esteem and any other issues preventing you from being the most authentic, successful, fulfilled version of yourself.
Laura’s passion and specialty is working with the learning different population who often struggle with co-morbid social-emotional challenges. As a hybrid professional, she blends the worlds of education & therapy offering her clients a myriad of practical strategies and tools. Additionally, Laura enjoys empowering parents & the larger family system to foster healing, strength, perseverance, and optimism through challenging times. She encourages her clients on their journey to better manage stress, anxiety, and depression. She uses a combination of therapy orientations tailored to the individual including Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused and Family Systems Therapy to instill hope by reframing maladaptive, distorted thought patterns and foster positive coping skills.
Laura supports adults going through a wide variety of struggles and transitions. Life is a roller coaster with many unexpected ups and downs. While we can’t control our environment, we can control our actions and behaviors. We can learn healthier coping skills to deal with problems. An overwhelming mountain may become a more manageable mole hill. Laura provides a safe, non-judgmental space for you to be your true, authentic, vulnerable self. It can be difficult to focus on yourself when you have a lot of other responsibilities and roles. It’s important to take the time to get your own needs met, so that you can be calm, clear, present and intentional each day. Everyone deserves to have proper balance between their personal and work life.
During the course of therapy, Laura will create a climate of acceptance and understanding so that you may feel free to share all of your experiences, perceptions, and emotions. Confronting distorted and denied patterns through a close therapeutic relationship allows many people to develop healthier ways of coping with life. Your brain will begin to re-wire itself and move towards optimal neural integration. This will allow for improved emotional regulation, mood enhancement and the ability to buffer daily stress. You will no longer be stuck or held back. Laura's job is to hold a mirror up and help remove the walls and obstacles so that you can become more attuned to your inner voice guiding you to whom you are meant to be.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy
TX LPC 71033
Laura is very kind and smart. She gives me real life ways to improve my relationship by teaching me tools, boundaries, and alternative ways to communicate to my partner.
Written on Nov 08, 2023 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Nice, easy to talk to, understanding, good listener, has good advice! She will help you understand and go through anxiety and life struggles.
Written on Mar 22, 2023 after therapy with Laura for 2 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem
I really get along with her. She understands the goals I set for myself and she helps me stay on track.
Written on Aug 29, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Every session I leave feeling better
Written on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes
Laura has been very helpful. She listens to me and offers guidance on various ways to view my current situation.
Written on Feb 17, 2022 after therapy with Laura for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, coping with life changes, and coaching
Laura is very personable and great to talk to! She shares great advice and let’s me just vent and get things off my mind, she is amazing!
Written on Aug 10, 2021 after therapy with Laura for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties