Welcome to Better Help! I am so glad you are willing to participate in counseling. My name is Laura Giraldo and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. I am also a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University. Throughout my career I have worked in variety of settings including foster care group homes (for adolescents), inpatient psychiatric facilities, and substance abuse treatment centers. I have experience working with adolescents ages 13-19. I have specialized experience in several areas including substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, life-stressors, employment issues, coping with life changes, and working with individuals who have experienced trauma..
My therapeutic style involves building rapport and getting to know you to facilitate a counseling approach that is tailored to meet your needs. I like to create a warm and interactive environment where you will feel comfortable to discuss the reasons for seeking counseling. I utilize a person-centered approach to assist you in gaining self-confidence and a stronger sense of identity. I offer acceptance and support, and empathetic understanding throughout counseling sessions. I will place focus on helping you discover your strengths to help you in persevering through life challenges and difficult times. My therapeutic style also involves using a solution-focused approach where together we will generate ideas for solutions to problems or challenges. I will provide you with concrete tools to help you make positive changes in your life. Together we will create attainable goals to improve your life.
I am passionate about helping adolescents reach their full potential and help them in learning to cope with life challenges and difficult times.
Together we can make a difference in your life. I look forward to working with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Body Image , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Guilt and Shame , Immigration Issues , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Posttraumatic Stress , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Traumatic Brain Injury , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
LMHC #MH17022 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
Since having Laura as my counselor I've been able to reduce my stress level and talk through the things in my life that were worrying me most! I've made a lot of big decisions in the past year with Laura's support. She's an excellent counselor and is helping me improve my life and move forward with confidence.
I really enjoy having Laura as my therapist. I’ve had several in the past and I never found therapy to be helpful with them, but it is so helpful with Laura. She is a good listener and offers great feedback and realistic suggestions.
Laura made a huge impact on my daughter. She is kind, funny, knowledgeable, positive and an amazing therapist.
She’s a great listener and has great talking points into how to better handle my current situation and be better. Laura is awesome!
Laura is great, she responds to my needs and is very kind and understanding. I feel myself wanting to become a better person just after 2 sessions with her. I’m looking forward to working with her more in the future.