Dr. Laura Wittcoff is a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW) with a doctorate in social work, practicing in Massachusetts although currently living in Los Angeles where she teaches at the University of Southern California. Dr. Wittcoff welcomes adults - individuals and couples who are seeking to better manage their current situations to create change in their lives. Her clients are often in emotional distress with symptoms of depression and anxiety where activities can be a struggle, where relationships no longer feel balanced, and where stress and self-criticism are impacting day-to-day interactions and their decision-making. Dr. Wittcoff forms a therapeutic partnership with her clients where they are the experts in their own lives and seek to explore ways to address issues that reduce symptoms and lead to new ways of engaging.
Therapy sessions with Dr. Wittcoff integrate both insight-oriented and cognitive-based approaches with evidence-based treatment modalities. She believes in nonjudgmentally guiding clients to explore the root causes of their symptoms, gaining new awareness into their behavioral patterns, so that they can orchestrate the changes they want to make. At the same time, she encourages practical strategies, with an emphasis on deep breathing and meditation practices, to help clients feel better as they are working toward the changes they want to make.
Having served as a consultant for organizations, both public and private, and having taught at several universities, Dr. Wittcoff is uniquely skilled in working where systems issues impact an individual's well-being and vice-versa. Understanding what one brings to and receives from a system is significant in guiding internal changes that positively impact the individual and the system. Dr. Wittcoff is certified in providing & interpreting the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Motivational Interviewing, & coaching.
Dr. Wittcoff is committed to diversity, being open, and inclusive, and maintaining a practice that reflects that.