Welcome to a safe place where we work toward having your thoughts, words, behaviors, and heart come into alignment with the destiny and purpose for your life.
Together we strive for you attain a life that makes a difference, where you do and accomplish things that make your heart soar.
Begin to dream of the best you, you can be. It really is possible! Learn to dream, to risk and to become…with Abounding Heart Counseling.
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
To serve God is to risk martyrdom.
But risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, and live. Only a person who risks is free.
– LEO BUSCAGLIA
author and motivational speaker
“Where you look, affects how you feel…” Brainspotting (BSP) is a newer therapy that was developed by David Grand, Ph.D., as discovery from using an adapted form of EMDR with survivors of 9/11 in New York City.
BSP makes use of eye positioning and the guidance of a therapist to help clients locate, focus, process and release a wide range of emotionally and body-based conditions. It is a brain-based tool that encourages the natural self-healing ability of the body-brain connection. When a Brainspot is “activated,” the lower levels of the brain provide signals to the therapist and/or the client to find the “spot” to focus on in order to process and release emotions, memories, dysfunctional thinking patterns, and body memories of trauma or other problem areas where clients have felt stuck. BSP can also be used to find places of feeling calmer, more grounded, connected, and capable. This process is often enhanced with the use of bilateral music or nature sounds. Brainspotting is a therapeutic tool that can be easily integrated with other modes of therapy.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY – DBT
This is a type of therapy that offers a wide array of skills to help you more effectively be able to tolerate challenging, painful, and stressful life situations through four main areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation.
A 24 week Christ-Centered DBT Group is available for adult women. Please call for more information.
Cognitive behavioral therapy – CBT
CBT is based on the concept that the way we think about things affects how we feel emotionally. Cognitive therapy focuses on present thinking, behavior, and communication rather than on past experiences and is oriented toward problem solving. By becoming aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
This is a Christian-based type of cognitive behavioral therapy focusing on becoming happier people by changing the way we think about and speak to ourselves…”whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Phil 4:8
It begins with focusing on the positive things a person is already doing and suggesting a person do more of what is already working, but with a little help in the process. Here we dream about how life would be different if a miracle happened and the problems that brought you to counseling were gone. We then identify and work on small steps to help you achieve that goal.
Please note the following information when considering emailing as a method to contact Dr. Laughlin:
It is important that you are aware that e-mail communication can be relatively easily accessed by unauthorized people and hence can compromise the privacy and confidentiality of such communication. E-mails, in particular, are vulnerable to such unauthorized access, due to the fact that servers have unlimited and direct access to all e-mails that go through them. Non-encrypted e-mail is vulnerable to unauthorized access. Please notify Abounding Heart Counseling if you decide to avoid or limit, in any way, the use of e-mail. Unless I hear from you otherwise, I may communicate with you via e-mail when requested, necessary or appropriate. Please do not use e-mail for emergencies. While I check my phone messages during the day when I am in town, I do not always check my e-mails daily.