About LAURA

My name is Laura VanSickle-Deavours.  I have been serving kids, teens, and adults in individual, group and couples’ psychotherapy over the past 3 decades. 

I work with a wide variety of issues with special interest in trauma, secondary trauma mitigation in organizations and individuals, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, self-injury, Sandtray Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). I have completed EMDR Basic Training and continue to work towards EMDR Certification. 

I desire for therapy to be a collaborative effort with treatment designed for each unique individual that I serve.  I value the power of the therapeutic relationship, which research has consistently shown to be at least as important as the type of treatment used.  I draw from multiple theoretical orientations and research-proven treatment modalities.  Sense of humor is an essential therapeutic tool for me.  On more than one occasion, I have had people waiting outside my office comment, “It sounds like you all are having too much fun in there!”  I have learned much from my clients over the past 3 decades and find it a privilege to journey alongside. 

BIO

Earned B.A. in psychology, Grinnell College (1990) & M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College (1992)

Interned at site specializing in the treatment of sexual abuse survivors

Provided psychotherapy for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and/or developmental disabilities at a residential school and a day treatment school in the Chicago area.

Directed North Park University Counseling and Health Services, Chicago, IL

Led Eating Disorder support groups and completed Eating Disorder Treatment Certificate, National Louis University

Provided services at Christian Psychological Services and Heartland Community Health Center, Lawrence, 2002-2018.

Homeschooled 2009-2016

Opened Hope Psychological Care 2018

FAITH

Clients of all beliefs are welcome. I am a Christian, but integrate faith in psychotherapy ONLY with client permission. I journey alongside people hurt by the church and those differentiating personal faith from family-of-origin faith.

“Laura has a great grasp on how to approach mental health in a holistic way. She understands that spiritual, mental, emotional, and cognitive factors all play a part in helping people deal with life challenges.  This true integration of Christian faith and values and mental health training, experience and expertise is rare and needed in our community.” 

– Lawrence Pastor