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Laura Roland, LMHC


I started college when I was 22 years old and after changing my major 3-4 times I was forced to take a Psychology class. I had been avoiding psychology and anything related since my teens, but I fell in love! I loved learning about how the brain works and finally understanding why people behave and act in various ways and decided to make this my career path. I graduated from Central Florida Community College with an Associate’s degree in 2003 and began attending Saint Leo University in the fall of 2003. I graduated Cum Laude in May 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology followed by a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2007 and then obtained a second Master’s degree in Gerontology in May 2019.

I have worked in many roles in my career including an adult outpatient substance abuse counselor, Case Manager for DCF,  TBOSS therapist for children, primary therapist on a crisis stabilization unit, and a substance abuse unit. Throughout my career I have always worked with clients struggling with the impact of trauma, whether they were 3 years old or well in to their 90’s, it has been my focus and my passion  clinically for more than 15 years.

I do what I do because I love what I do! I love to be able to help people heal from their wounds and become the best and healthiest person they can be. I also love more out of the box approaches. I  incorporate Jungian theories, Reiki, crystal therapy, color therapy, and oracle cards into my therapeutic approach.

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