Laurie  Sherwood

Laurie Sherwood

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon & daytime appointments in Newton practice (updated December 05, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Couples counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness
  • Substance use

Professional statement

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.


Message to clients

It is my hope and intention to offer a warm, welcoming, and peaceful space in which to work as we learn together what most needs compassion and attention in you. From there we will facilitate the strengthening of your natural internal (and external) resources in order to meet whatever challenges may be present as you grow toward the best life you have envisioned for yourself.


Specialties

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


General expertise


Insurance

Laurie Sherwood is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Initial session: $175 (50min)

Therapist's note

Laurie can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 


Location(s)

Newton practice

23 Pleasant Street

Newton, MA 02459

Hours
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Work and Education

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


Languages

  • English

Therapy Groups

Laurie  Sherwood
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

In this group I will introduce the concepts behind the transformative power of Mindfulness Meditation and will provide direct experience with Mindfulness Practice. Any person interested in cultivating a practice in Mindfulness Meditation or who si...

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