Laurie Sherwood is a highly seasoned Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker bringing over forty years of experience to private practice in Newton, MA. Laurie uses a mindfulness-based approach to depression, anxiety, substance use, relationship challenges, insomnia, and couples counseling. Laurie applies her vast skill set to attend to the client as a whole person, creating a safe and productive environment for emotional healing.
Laurie provides compassionate care to a wide range of clients. A major focus of her practice is work with couples, including balancing the relationship and one's own needs within the context of parenting, transitioning to an empty nest, and maintaining sexual connection and intimacy. With a background in addiction work, Laurie also sees clients with challenges related to sex addiction, binge eating, gambling, alcohol, and illicit substance use.
Laurie is dedicated to continually building on her therapeutic experience and is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, a skills-based approach to sleep challenges. She helps provide relief to individuals suffering from sleep deprivation, fears, and anxiety.
Laurie identifies herself as a consultant to her clients, helping them to fully realize their goals and potential with a focus on each individual's strengths. Laurie brings a clinically adept, nonjudgemental, and empathetic approach to every unique situation.
Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Insomnia - Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
Couples counseling - Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Mindfulness - Using practices such as breathing and meditation to cope with daily struggles
Substance use - Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Laurie Sherwood is not in-network with any insurances.
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Private practice, 1982 - Present
Bay State Community Services Substance Abuse Program, Consultant, 1994 - 1996
Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Staff, Consultant, 1998 - 2000
OmniHealth Employee Assistance Program, Consultant, Counselor, and Coordinator of Clinical Services, 1990 - 1995
West-Ros-Park MHC, Psychotherapist, Crisis Manager, Consultant, and Supervisor, 1986 -1990
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Consultant and Supervisor, 1984 - 1986
The Newton Court Clinic, School Consultant and Member of Newton-Wellesley Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Team, 1979 - 1984
The Free Clinic of Lake County, Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist, 1977 - 1979
Case Western Reserve University, School of Applied Social Sciences, Mental Health Concentration, MSW, 1977
Kenyon College,Theology, BA, 1973
This 6-week group introduces basic mindfulness meditation concepts to help participants increase awareness of unhelpful thoughts that contribute to stress and anxiety.