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Laura Cater, MSW, RSW

Laura Cater, MSW, RSW is a Master’s level Clinical Social Worker and a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Laura received her Master’s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology with a Specialization in Developmental Psychology, from Carleton University. She also obtained a Certificate in Addiction and Policy from the University of San Diego Extension and an advanced diploma in Child and Youth Work, from Algonquin College. 

In 2010, Laura began working in the field of trauma, mental health and addiction. She has worked in various settings, including non-profit organizations, residential treatment centres for youth and adults with co-occurring mental health and addiction issues (dual diagnosis). She has also worked with individuals involved with the criminal justice system, child welfare, and the Ottawa area school boards. Laura has a research background in childhood anxiety, screen time and socio-emotional functioning, externalizing and internalizing behaviours, addiction and harm reduction, as well as human trafficking. Currently, Laura also works for a local school board where she provides: individual and family counselling, crisis intervention, violence-threat risk assessments, and helps children, youth and families navigate and access community resources. She also plays a role in providing professional development trainings in the school board.

Laura offers therapy that is trauma informed and has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with trauma and traumatic experiences. Laura also offers therapy for various other mental health issues, including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety disorders, bi polar affective disorder, borderline personality disorder, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, stress management, emotional dysregulation, anger, grief/loss, attachment, self esteem issues, family conflict, life transitions, blended family difficulties, separation and divorce, interpersonal relationship concerns, self harm, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, chronic pain, addiction issues (including: disordered eating, substance abuse, technology, codependency, etc.) and gender identity. Laura’s work has focused on children, youth, couples and families. She also supports veterans, police, fire, and paramedic communities (EMS), as well as those in the military. 

Laura recognizes that everyone is at different places on their path to healing and recovery.  Empathy, transparency, and empowerment are at the centre of her practice. Laura’s approach to psychotherapy is collaborative and she believes that it needs to be a synchronous and safe relationship. She practices from an eclectic and wholistic framework that utilizes the clinical modalities of [trauma informed] Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness Practices, Strength Based Work and Collaborative Problem Solving. She is also gaining training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Tapping Techniques and further training in Somatic work and EMDR. 

Call the practice today if you would like to book an appointment with Laura.