Laura Crane, MS, Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy
Clients I work with: Couples, families (teen and adult children), and adult individuals
Issues I work with: Couples and families struggling with connection, trust, communication, life transitions (e.g., couples struggling with an empty nest and adult children struggling to transition into adulthood, military transitions, etc.), problematic or painful behavior patterns, relationship patterns that are dissatisfying or destructive, reoccurring disagreements, family dynamics, family of origin/issues from childhood, trauma, emotion regulation, emotional intelligence, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and substance abuse
I enjoying work with couples who want to recreate the connection they had when they first started dating. I aim to help couples who find themselves lost in the same repetitive arguments, especially when this ‘dance’ has now become a dynamic that creates further pain and fracture. My training and experience is particularly relevant for those couples longing to regain emotional intimacy and physical connection but may have become so protective and defensive that it gets harder and harder to be vulnerable and/or open.
I enjoy working with couples who want to make the relationship work as well as couples who want to find out if this is the right relationship to be in. I also see couples where the trust they once had in their relationship and partner is gone, due to substance use, extramarital affairs and/or other deceptions, and they wish to regain trust or see if that trust can be regained.
When working with couples, I use Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT), a form of therapy that focuses on deescalating conflict, permanently changing the way couples communicate and deal with conflict, and the creation of real emotional connection and intimacy.
When working with families, I look at the roles and dynamics in families and help them identify and change the things that may not be working. As children grow through developmental stages into adulthood, family dynamics that used to work well may no longer serve the needs of all family members. I can help you find new ways to relate to each other through the ‘launching’ phase.
My work with individual clients often focuses on those struggling through life transitions, and dealing with the challenges change can bring, like uncertainty and fear. I frequently work with people who are dealing with the pain of past traumas that might be getting in the way of their current relationships with family and other loved ones.
I also work with people who might find themselves flooded with uncontrollable or overwhelming emotions, like anger or sadness, and/or people who want to be challenged to be a better version of themselves.
If you find yourself vulnerable to turning towards alcohol, substances, or the internet as a way of soothing or coping, I can help. I often see clients who want to find new ways to deal with stress, tolerate emotions, and connect with others. I also work with clients and their families where a loved one may have concerns about this current method of coping.
When working with individuals, I focus on their present experience of their presenting problem and help them explore the meaning behind their problems, including their underlying emotions. Then I help my clients think of the problems differently, opening new options and solutions that are more in line with their goals and what they want for their life.
I have experience with using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with clients, a model that focuses on a person’s strengths and helps add to those strengths by teaching skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. This model focuses on a person’s abilities and celebrates their successes by learning and using their skills throughout the therapeutic process.
I received my master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech and am currently working towards Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from Virginia Tech’s Marriage and Family therapy Program and worked at their clinic on campus, the Center for Family Services, in Falls Church, VA. In addition, I work at Phoenix House Mid Atlantic, where I serve individuals, couples and families, who struggle with substance abuse.
Laura Crane is a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy, working under the supervision of Dr. Jeffery Jackson, PhD, LMFT and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. In the event that clients have any questions or concerns about Laura‘s work, her supervisor can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 571-310-1490, 405 North Washington Street, Suite 101, Falls Church, VA 22046.