About: Laura Price, PhD
Approach to helping
It takes courage to challenge the effects of trauma, depression, and anxiety. For some people, the past is so unbearable it refuses to let go. Whether you're overwhelmed or disconnected, struggling with relationships, challenged by career choices, or adjusting to life changes, you don't have to go it alone. I believe in addressing current problems to make each day one more positive step toward progress, whatever that means for you. Remember that your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are connected to each other and linked to your unique personal history.
Every person has a story worth telling. Through our collaboration we will explore -- at your pace and in a safe environment -- the barriers that keep you from living your life to its fullest. By employing these new tools of engagement, the past becomes just that as you open the present and future to possibility. You take ownership of your narrative.
Experience and focus
As a licensed psychologist, I specialize in treating adults who want help with understanding the effects of trauma, PTSD, midlife transitions, and issues relevant to the LGBTQ+ community. I also work with couples who are at a crossroads in their relationship and are asking to improve communication or heal emotional wounds.
I earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from New York University and continue to supervise medical residents at NYU Grossman School of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor. Through my work at Bellevue Hospital Center, the VA and at NYU Langone Health's Steven A. Cohen Military Family Center, I have spent many hours treating 9/11 survivors, veterans, military family members, and first responders, including frontline workers during the COVID crisis. I combine a variety of evidence-based protocols to treat developmental and sexual trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety. For couples, I draw from the concepts of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which is considered the gold standard of relationship therapy.
More about my story
I wanted to be a journalist since the sixth grade. Microphone and tape recorder in hand, I was intent on interviewing my family members, including the reluctant cat. Early curiosity about the stories that shape our lives expanded into an 18-year career at daily newspapers, including 11 years covering sports for Newsday. But 9/11 changed my career narrative. And my life. As a reporter, I interviewed family members of those still missing in the days after the attacks. I longed to heal their pain.
Three years later, I left journalism to become a psychologist. Over the next decade I learned about trauma, resilience, and hope from female Holocaust survivors in my dissertation research. I learned about fear and courage from veterans in my VA training, and about vulnerability and agency from too many survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I also learned about myself: I met the love of my life and came out. Being honest with my LGBTQ+ identity helped me settle into my skin so I could rewrite my narrative yet again.
In the spirit of transformation, I have been moved to become a runner. Running brings peace even as it heckles body and mind. In savoring moments on the roads near the beach or a park, I come to a place of strength. I am grateful for this work, for my colleagues, and for those who choose to share their stories with me in the (now virtual) therapeutic space. I still have a camera and a microphone. Only now, I just listen.
We can help.