Erika Laurentz, LMFTA
Marriage & Family Therapist
Therapy takes many forms. Sometimes, it is quick and transformational. Sometimes, it’s slow and gentle, so as not to overwhelm your nervous system. Together, we will craft an approach that work best for you.
I have extensive training in trauma therapy, couples therapy, hypnotherapy, and Shamanic Healing. Although Shamanic Healing is typically outside of the scope of behavioral health, I use my training to work with metaphor, which is the language our limbic brains understand best. And, my experiences in Shamanic Healing inform my work in transpersonal therapy. My trauma training is a 3-year, intensive program, created by Peter Levine. My couples therapy is a 2-year intensive program, created by Stan Tatkin. Both are among the greatest therapist alive today.
I identify as trans-feminine tomboy. I am a veteran crew of air-combat support missions, law enforcement, criminal justice attorney and college professor. I became a therapist later in life, after finding relief from a traumatic childhood, through therapy. Currently, my wife and I are restoring an old sailboat, to begin our next adventure.
When I’m naked,
Truly naked.... not just bare skinned,
You can trace networks of scars
That run through psyche and flesh and time.
You can see horror woven with love.
You can see empty spaces,
Where the bits I gave away to survive once lived;
Like currency for food,
I had to, my love.
Erika Anne Laurentz
September 23, 2015
On Joy and Sorrow
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
An excerpt from On Joy and Sorrow