Serena LaCour received a Masters of Social Work from California State University Long Beach in 2010. She has over a dozen years experience working in the field of mental health and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington. Serena began infusing yoga and yogic principles into her work with clients in 2012. She was certified as a yoga instructor in 2015 and has pursued additional training in applying yoga practices to heal trauma, anxiety, depression, and their symptoms.
Serena works with individual adults. She sees her clients at the Annex office location on Wednesdays and Thursdays and at the Main office location on Fridays.
I believe certain experiences have a profound effect on our lives. Sometimes those experiences can derail us from our life goals leaving us feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, or unsatisfied. Oftentimes when we’re off-track, we feel incapable of creating the change we seek and find ourselves trapped by old patterns and emotions. I believe you are the expert on your life experience and therapy can be a useful tool to guide you to your authentic self.
My therapeutic approach is holistic, integrative, and collaborative. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques including mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, somatic (body-oriented) therapy, and solution-focused therapy to help you develop awareness for healing. I also incorporate yoga and meditation practices when appropriate. My style uses a supportive tone, a candid and sincere demeanor, humor, and a down-to-earth disposition. I create a safe, contained place to explore and an atmosphere of unconditional care and non-judgement. I want you to feel comfortable being yourself, without any judgement—even from yourself. When you are able to simply be, there’s more room for curiosity, interest, and self-awareness.
I’m committed to help people live more authentically in ways that impact their daily lives. I work with you on both the external (the physical and social environments in which you live) and the internal issues (body, mind, and spirit). We begin our work together with me listening to you tell your story. Next, we will build on your self-knowledge by helping you become aware of your skills and strengths. Then we collaborate together to determine what’s needed to help you create solutions to the problems that seemed unsolvable. By partnering your self-knowledge and my professional training we’ll help you create balance and contentment in your life.
I am honored to join in your journey and welcome the opportunity to be a part of your healing.
EDUCATION, SPECIALIZED TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
2019 Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) training
2018 Crisis Intervention and Emotional First Aid training
2018 Critical Incident Stress Management training
2015 Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT 200)
2015 Integrative Restoration (iRest) Level 1 training
2013 Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training
2010 Specialized training on child development and parenting
2010 MSW California State University Long Beach
2009 California Domestic Violence Counselor training
2007 Non-Violent Communication training
2006 BA Applied Psychology University of Illinois at Chicago
Ongoing Continuing Education: MBCT, iRest, and therapeutic yoga
I have been working in the field of mental health since 2003. I’ve worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, in-home therapy, nonprofit agencies, healthcare/nursing facilities, child welfare/protective services, domestic violence, EAP, crisis work, family court services, and the federal government. During that time I worked with many different populations such as at-risk youth and families, special needs persons, people with substance use, severe and persistent mental illness, homeless persons and families, caregivers of persons with special needs, varying sorts of blended and non-traditional families, LGBTQIA+ persons, aging/elderly persons, and more. In 2015 I began working in private practice, specializing in holistic mental health.