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About Laura

Treatment Specializations 

Individual Therapy for Adults:
*Therapy for Depression (including treatment resistant depression)
*Therapy for Anxiety
*Grief and Loss Therapy
*Treatment for Mood and Dissociative Disorders
*Counseling for Work and School Issues
 *Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
*Recovery from Early Childhood Trauma
*Reducing Stress and Improving Self Care
*Self Esteem and Confidence Building
*Therapy for Family Members of Substance Abusers and ACOA's
*Recovery from growing up with a Mentally ill Family Member
*Therapy for Medical/ Healthcare /Wellness Professionals
*Therapy for Caretakers
*Understanding and dealing with Narcissistic Personalities
*Help with Relationship Issues

Additional Training:
Post-Graduatuate Training at WITPP
Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
(5 years post-graduate training)
EMDRIA Approved Training
Laurel Parnell, Ph.D

Clinical Experience and Background:

Outpatient Clinics

Provided Individual and Family Therapy at Full Circle Mental Health Treatment Services, a progressive Bronx Mental Health Treatment Center (Derek Suite, MD - www.FullCircleHealth.org). Also provided individual counseling at a Mental Health Clinic Treatment Center in lower Manhattan.

NYPH-Cornell Medical Center-Westchester Division (Now Payne Whitney Clinic-Westchester): Inpatient Treatment 1985-1991 and  2002-2004:

2002 - 2004 "The Haven," Specialized Acute Unit:
Treatment for high profile individuals in need of inpatient psychiatric care (predominantly for Mood Disorders and Psychosis).

1985 - 1991 Kernberg Personality Disorders Unit 
Year-long Psychoanalytic and Behavioral Inpatient Treatment Program:
Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and Somatoform Disorders.
Developed and Facilitated Psychodynamic and Behavioral Eating Disorder Therapy Group for patients on the unit. Co-facilitated task-oriented Peer Support Groups, Provided on-going Individual and Group Support in keeping with the Therapeutic Milieu. Had the opportunity to attend and participate in Group Relations Conferences (Group Therapy/Group Dynamic Experiential Training - Tavistock Method) with NYH-Cornell and Harvard-Mclean Clinicians in Holyoke, Massachusetts ('87,'88).  Also attended Psychiatry Grand Rounds and participated in monthly Personality Disorder Case Conferences with expert MD consultants. Received ongoing clinical supervision (weekly) while working on the Kernberg Unit for six years.

Regional Director at PAX Foundation

Greenwich, CT

Regional Director / Director of Staff and Student Supervision for an International Academic Exchange Program Headquartered in Greenwich, CT.
Provided Counsel, Training and Supervision. Mediated student and family difficulties (for both foreign natural families and U.S. host families), helped students with adjustment and separation issues, mental health issues, family and community conflicts over cultural differences. Responsible for overall program implementation and management in the Southeastern United States: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North and South Carolina.

Developed New Program/Territory of Hawaii (Independent Project):
Successfully created and implemented program on four major Islands of Hawaii: Maui, Kaua'i, O'ahu, and Isle of Hawai'i.
Role included traveling to many areas of the Southeastern U.S. and Hawaii to hire / train/ supervise staff and maintain overall program.

Group Work:

Bedford Hills Correctional Facility:

1. Facilitated "Parenting from a Distance" Support Group, co-lead with inmate.

2. Member of Improvisational Acting Group, Performed skits designed to provide Psychoeducation for inmates (re: Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Family Dynamics).

Home Visit Support Services:

1. CPAC: Child Abuse Prevention Center of Westchester:
Provided In-home Parenting Support in Yonkers, NY.

2. JCC: Jewish Community Center of Westchester:
Provided In-home Assessment and Support for home-bound Jewish Seniors in Southern

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