About Laura Bass
My approach to psychotherapy is best described as holistic, humanistic and integrative and it has emerged from a synergistic process between my studies and my life experiences. At the age of 10 and the youngest of three children, my parents divorced. Several of my family members were in helping professions. My father had his MSW degree and my grandmother had a degree in Guidance and Counseling. By high school, I already knew I wanted to help people and therefore, I studied and received a degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina. After graduation, I was lucky enough to work at Alexander Children’s Center as a cottage counselor living in with emotionally disturbed children. I met my future husband there and we went to Social Work graduate school together at the University of South Carolina where I graduated in 1985.
I returned to Charlotte where we had two sons. I worked in substance abuse prior to working as a family therapist on the adolescent unit at Charter Pines for three years. There I received the Ann Brown Award for my significant contribution to mental health. In 1991, I began y private practice at Charlotte Psychiatric Associates and my repertoire there expanded to include couples therapy which is rewarding to me since I am a child of divorce. By 1998, I branched out to my own individual practice only to develop chronic fatigue syndrome. Four years after being advised it would eventually go away, I began my journey into alternative and complementary health. This expanded my knowledge base into the mind/body/spirit connection and I began learning how emotional issues can affect the physical health of the individual. This led me to the Haden Institute where I worked on my certification in Spiritual Direction in early 2011.