Laura Geller, LISW
I am passionate about helping individuals and families find joy, meaning, and connection in their lives. As a Buddhist practitioner, my work is informed by my own spiritual practice and other psychological modalities that intersect with and support internal growth and healing. In addition to Buddhism, I draw from an approach called 'Internal Family Systems,' which acknowledges that different aspects or "parts" of our whole self. Sessions may also include expressive arts including painting, sandtray work, or sketching.
I completed my graduate training at The University of Chicago, and have received additional post-graduate training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) including Somatic IFS, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Helping the Non-Compliant Child (HNC)/Parent Behavioral Management, Trauma-Focused CBT, TraumaPlay and more. Prior to starting Metta Mind I worked in community mental health as a play therapist and home-based therapist, and a practicum therapist in an intensive outpatient program for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. I have had +10 years of dedicated meditation practice, including over 2 years living in residential zen centers and monasteries, and dozens of week-long silent retreats. In my free time I enjoy making art with my 5 year-old daughter, hiking with my spouse, and reading illustrated memoirs (aka graphic novels).