Getting to Know: Laura Abbruzzese, MS, LCDC, LPC-I – Clinical Services Coordinator
Laura is a compassionate, client-focused professional who received her Master of Science in Counseling from the University of North Texas in Denton. Additionally, Laura has a master’s in public affairs and a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. She says she found her passion for working in recovery after watching the devastating effects of addiction in her own household and that she proudly celebrates her Al-Anon 2010 serenity date each October. Laura has extensive dual-diagnosis experience and training in both EMDR and mindfulness practices. She has begun the process of becoming a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and hopes to have her certification by the end of 2016. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.
Q: What is your professional title with our organization?
Clinical Services Coordinator
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Figure out what you would do for free, then find a way to get paid for it.
Q: What one word would the people who know you best use to describe you?
Q: What motivated you to choose a career in recovery?
I was the enabling, co-dependent half of a relationship in which there was active addiction. Experiencing the kind of devastation this disease has on families first hand was a huge motivator for the work I do now.
Q: Besides working at Clear Springs Ranch, what hobbies, sports, or activities do you enjoy?
Yoga (especially hot yoga), mindfulness, meditation, and reading
Q: Is there a personal fact you might share that would be hard for others to guess about you?
I’m a grandmother!
Q: What’s your favorite movie? What’s your favorite book?
Favorite movie: “Running With Scissors” and “Good Will Hunting”
Favorite book: I enjoy anything written by Jack Kornfield