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Laura's Training/Experience

  • Graduated from James Madison University with a BA in Psychology in 2005

  • Earned a MS in Art Therapy from Florida State University in 2010

  • Experience as an art therapist at the following types of facilities: prison, physical rehabilitation center, substance abuse rehabilitation facility, acute psychiatric hospital, agency for adults with disabilities, intensive in-home program

  • Co-led wilderness art therapy camping trip with woman in substance abuse rehabilitation treatment

  • Publication:

    • Breiner, M., Tuomisto, L., Bouyea, E., Gussak, D. E., & Aufderheide, D. (2011). Creating an art therapy anger management (ATAM)                   protocol for male inmates through a collaborative relationship. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative                   Criminology, 1-20.

    • Presented this publication at the 2011 American Art Therapy Conference

  • Certified as an ITR-CTS in using Instinctual Trauma Response Method as an ITR-CTS to use this method for trauma processing


  • Member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA)


  • Member of the Virginia Art Therapy Association (VATA)  

  • Founder of Shenandoah Art Therapy, LLC

Laura's Art Therapy Approach Integrates:

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Client-Centered

  • Trauma Informed (ITR Method)

  • Cognitive-behavioral Therapy

  • Jungian Therapy

  • Mindfulness

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