Certified Mind Coach & Clinical Hypnotherapist
Lara is an Honors Graduate from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI).
During her 2,000+ hours of one-on-one in-person training, Lara has been helping AA members in Los Angeles, California since 2018 to recover from long-term addictions. She has also helped people with severe eating disorders, insomnia, infertility, fears and phobias, body syndromes, PTSD, and traumas.
Lara’s multicultural background led her to practice Hypnotherapy and Transformational Life Coaching Internationally. She was born and raised in Paris and of Italian and Lebanese descent. She is fluent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Lara’s methods are unique, combining her skills in Transformational Coaching, Hypnotherapy, and sound healing brainwaves. She customizes the healing journey according to one’s needs.
Lara is also a graduate of the American University of Paris (AUP) in International Communication with a minor in Psychology. She is also an ICF Certified Transformational Life Coach from the Anima’s Coaching Institute, in London, UK. She specialized in Wellness and Couple Coaching.
Among her signature specialties are Hypno-Coaching and Future Self-Projection, combining both of her skills of coaching and hypnotherapy.
Lara has several advanced certificates in various specialties. Please see her certificates below.
Credentials: Certified across the US in hypnotherapy
Limited Licensed Master's Social Worker (LLMSW)
Hello! I'm glad that you're here reading this. I know looking for a therapist in this way might be daunting, frustrating, and/or feel like unknown territory, but I want to invite you to work with me so I can help make the process easier for you.
You may be trying counseling for the first time or maybe it's been a while (or maybe you didn't get what you were hoping for out of previous experiences with therapy, but are willing to give it another shot), regardless of why you are here; I want to make your counseling sessions a comfortable place where you can seek help if needed or simply just open up to somebody. I try to work with my clients as a collaborator, giving you the space to make your needs known and direct therapy goals as you see beneficial for yourself.
I work well with young and middle-aged adults and am also coming into my own working with pre-teens and adolescents. I have helped people cope with challenges such as anxiety, depression, chronic illness/disability (especially in the world of paralysis/wheelchair users), more serious mental illness, and goal setting.
Credentials: I am provisionally licensed, under supervision in the state of Michigan.
Eric W. Danielson
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Hello, my name is Eric W. Danielson and I very much look forward to working with you if you choose me as your therapist. First and foremost, I want to say thank you for reaching out for help, as it is often one of the hardest things to do. It is arguably, one of the most important and as such, I am interested in helping my clients find immediate wins that can motivate them to greater levels of empowerment while experiencing their desired change. Therefore, if you choose to allow me to walk alongside you as your guide, I want to say thank you upfront for both your and your family’s trust in inviting me into the spaces of your home and the areas of darkness you desire to overcome.
My approach is influenced by both my military career as a retired Army Flight Medical NCO for seventeen years and as a Counseling / Training and Development Professional. Over the last 25+ years, I have had the honor and privilege of hearing and learning from so many different people. These lives and stories have greatly influenced how I assess, incorporate complex differential diagnoses and provide treatment with tailored modalities in dealing with the stress response (Fight, Flight or Freeze), complex injury, and illness (anxiety, fear, depression, grief, loss, shame, anger, trauma, moral injury, challenges with spirituality, substances up to a degree, and process addictions, etc.) within special patient populations.
Credentials: I am a licensed clinical social worker in the states of Montana and Texas.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Hello partners! I’m excited to meet you and go on this counseling journey together. I believe that counseling is hard work, and I also believe that we need a sense of humor to live well. So come prepared to speak your mind and heart without worrying about me being scared, judgmental, or offended.
My father and other members of my family served in the military, but I did not. Instead, I was a single, career-minded woman who worked in the oil business as a geologist, technical manager, and project planner/manager for 20 years. Then, in the space of a few years, I got laid off, got married, became a stepmom, and went to seminary to get my degree in counseling. If you want to make some changes or find yourself already caught up in a whirlwind of change, please know that I will VERY MUCH understand and be in your corner.
Many of my clients seek to learn about and overcome areas or behavioral problems with which they have struggled most of their lives. Much of what we find usually boils down to working through past instances of trauma and grief. However, I have counseled for more than 3 years with a variety of experiences: hospice program counseling patients and their families as they worked through grief and other personal issues church counseling center working with adult individuals dealing with anxiety/depression, life/career changes, eating disorders, personality disorders, etc. and couples doing premarital and marital counseling day hospital whose patients struggled with personality disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, addiction, traumatic brain injury, etc. private practices counseling adolescents and adults on a range of issues including ADHD, autism, anxiety/depression, gender/sexuality issues, grief, trauma (caused by abuse, neglect, partner betrayal), etc. using EMDR, and couples/family relationship work using the Gottman Method.
So, let’s get to work. We can do this.
Credentials: I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas.
Dr. Courtney Cornick
People have the unending capacity to heal, cope, and change their lives even through life’s most difficult challenges. It is common to feel alone, isolated, and hopeless when a health condition becomes chronic. Not knowing when/if things will improve or hearing that your medical team has nothing more to offer can be devastating.
I have a passion for helping individuals cope and find peace in the midst of living with physical health conditions. I use integrative therapeutic practices, including evidence-based psychotherapy, to meet each individual where they are in life. I take a holistic approach to consider the mind-body interaction and utilize techniques such as clinical hypnosis and mindfulness to help individuals reduce stress and manage chronic pain.
I received my doctorate in psychology from the University of Iowa and have specialized training as a health psychologist. I have spent my career working in hospital and private practice settings to help individuals from all identities, ability statuses, and walks of life to increase their well-being and live valued lives. It would be an honor to join you on your wellness journey.
Credentials: I am a Licensed Psychologist in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, and Wisconsin and earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Iowa.
Dr. Michelle McDonald
Dr. Michelle McDonald is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with children, adolescents, young adults and families. She has experience with trauma, mood, behavior, personality and thought disorders. Having begun her career as an educator, and later school psychologist, Dr. McDonald is particularly knowledgeable about the intersection of learning abilities and mental health. She focuses on a whole-person approach and seeks to integrate/collaborate care across medical, educational, social and familial domains.
Dr. McDonald obtained two undergraduate degrees; education and psychology. She served as a teacher in NYC and rediscovered her passion for psychology when she helped her classroom navigate trauma responses following the fall of the twin towers. Dr. McDonald obtained a Specialist degree in school psychology from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She then received her PhD from the University of Florida. Over the course of higher education Dr. McDonald completed two internships and a post-doctoral residency in clinical psychology, which honed her skills in development and pathology across the lifespan, neuropsychology, neurodiversity, and gender/sexuality exploration. She specialized in Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Non-Suicidal Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation. Dr. McDonald’s work experience includes clinical work in a day treatment program, a children’s hospital and private practice. Currently she balances private therapy with part-time work in a hospital setting providing psychological consultation and assessment for pediatric trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, maternal mental health and stroke.
In addition to clinical work, Dr. McDonald has been an expert contributor for numerous articles and a television spot regarding children’s mental health. Dr. McDonald is a proud Navy wife and a mother to three children. In her spare time, she likes to read, exercise, travel, and bake with her kids.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Hi, my name is Kimberly and I’d love to be your therapist.
In the ten years I’ve been a social worker, I’ve served people from all walks of life, all ages, gender identities, religious backgrounds, trauma histories, housing statuses, and more. Lately I’ve focused my work on those who have experienced domestic or sexual violence, as the intimate basis by which this trauma impacts a person requires a special kind of nuance, understanding, and empathy. I want to help you heal.
I’m not here to judge you or make you feel guilty. But I want to help you learn, create boundaries, cope, and grow, and that may make you uncomfortable along the way. I want us to be a team. I commit to doing the work with you.
My anxiety used to be crippling. It was unreasonable, caused me to be completely out of touch with reality, and made me hate myself for my indecision. I remember the hole that it felt like trapped me. I remember feeling weighed down, buried.
I look back and I cringe at the unhealthy coping strategies I employed. I avoided unpleasant situations that caused my anxiety to spike. I gave in to that fear that gnawed me raw. I felt so ashamed of my indecision.
But, I grew. I forgave myself and started a journey to understand what triggered my anxiety, fear, and avoidance and what in my life had caused them. It was challenging. I am better for having learned and grown. I accepted myself, with a realistic view of my patterns of behavior, and let go of those unhealthy habits I believed could shield me from pain. I healed.
I empathize greatly with those who struggle on that journey now. It is my passion to help them reach their goals, utilize healthier coping habits, and feel more satisfied with themselves.
A. Whitney Shea
MVC Owner, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I am grateful to have been an active-duty military spouse for almost 20 years. This, along with my professional experiences as a social worker at an alternative high school as well as United Cerebral Palsy and being an Adjunct Professor of Psychology for several distance learning programs (15+ years), has given me the chance to meet, work, and learn with people from all over the world, each with unique backgrounds and stories.
It is my belief that every human deserves to feel safe, cared for, understood and respected. It would be an honor to collaborate with you in doing my part in helping to make that happen.
Virtual counseling can be the perfect platform for us to become a team and work on your goals in a convenient, safe space. We have the very real advantage of being able to meet up from day one in a place of ease, comfort and hope.
So if you are residing in either Connecticut or Florida, I truly look forward to "meeting" you!