Welcome to Therapy Reflections! My name is Laura Fisher-Caudill, and as a trauma therapist and human, I am so excited to share my clinical knowledge and reflections on the human experience with my readers!
My journey in the mental health field began in early life through my own experiences of suffering and complex trauma in my family of origin. Growing up in a family system consumed by grief and trauma was an emotional rollercoaster. It felt like I had two worlds living inside of me; one that wanted to be strong and resilient, another that wanted to withdrawal in my internal experience and surrender to the pain. The environment around me seemed chaotic, unpredictable, and unsafe at times, which created a sense of distress, chaos, and distrust of my own intuition and wisdom within myself. I often felt overwhelmed by my emotions and would struggle to find ways to cope with them without suppressing my emotional experience.
Despite this difficulty in early life with dissociation and avoidance of my own emotions, I found solace in helping others who were also struggling through their own experiences of trauma. This passion for helping others pushed me forward on a path towards healing from my own past trauma through a holistic healing approach, as well as helping those around me on their own journeys towards healing. I have found a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and outside of my work my passions include travel, exploring the outdoors, playing with my incredible pack of huskies (Balto, Scout, and Chevy-Chase), and spending time with my friends and partner.
Following several years of work in the mental health field, I decided to pursue my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016. I realized early on in my work with clients that Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was the modality to which I was most drawn and best fit my own philosophies on life and style as a therapist. Since then, I’ve specialized in helping individuals recognize and reframe their thoughts and emotions, heal from past trauma, improve their relationships with loved ones, and create their life worth living through changes in their behaviors. My therapeutic framework has evolved and become more integrative throughout my experience as a trauma therapist and I am most drawn to modalities of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Somatic based healing approaches in my work with clients.
Moreover, as someone who’s experienced mental health struggles and complex trauma throughout my life experience, it’s been incredibly rewarding to provide a space where people can create meaningful connections between their past experiences and current realities and work towards healing from past trauma to find their own control, wisdom, and growth in the process. My goal is to empower others in learning effective tools for managing stress and past trauma in a positive way to create their life worth living!
In 2019, I co-founded a group mental health and wellness practice with my business partner. Our group practice focuses on holistic healing and provides a wide range of services that include Chinese medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, and trauma-informed mental health services. In the past 4 years, we have grown to being able to provide a healing space and collaborative team of almost 20 providers and continue to find shared importance in a holistic approach to healing from past trauma.
Due to professional and personal needs, I decided to leave group practice and create a new private practice to focus on my love of helping other empathetic humans heal from past complex traumatic experiences. If you are interested in trauma focused therapy on your healing journey, check out my website at WisdomWithin-Counseling.com for more information.
I am excited to be able to share my Therapy Reflections blog and the Therapy Reflections App with others to provide insight and guidance into the therapy process, helping people better understand how to improve their lives and relationships, heal from past trauma, and take control of their mental health through generalizing effective DBT skills into their daily lives. My goal is to use my experience in the field of mental health and wellness to create content that educates readers on topics such as understanding emotions, building healthy connections with others, understanding the impact of complex trauma on their lives and creating behaviors that help them to heal from past trauma.
I have years of experience and knowledge to share on topics of mental health, healing from trauma, and improving your life through taking control of your behaviors from my experience in the field of psychology, my education, specialization, and years of experience working as a mental health and substance abuse therapist. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC – NC and NJ) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS – NC) and specialize in trauma-informed practices to help individuals heal from past complex traumatic experiences throughout their lives. Furthermore, I have lived experience with trauma which gives me unique insight into how it impacts people’s lives and relationships both with themselves and with others.
My commitment to helping others heal has been at the forefront of my work for many years; through my clinical practice specializing in trauma informed practices, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and somatic based body approaches to nervous system regulation and healing. Using my knowledge combined with my lived experience and passion for helping others heal from past trauma, the Therapy Reflections Blog will serve as a space for sharing my clinical observations, musings, and reflections on the human experience as a trauma therapist to help readers continue to grow and improve to create their lives worth living!