Dr. Laura Richter

Last Updated: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Introduction

Hi! I'm so happy that you decided to stop by.

My official credentials are that I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. But my passion is helping individuals and couples create deeper levels of emotional and sexual intimacy. My therapeutic philosophy is based on the need for love and attachment. In adults, romantic love can only be truly enjoyed when partners are able to feel safe and secure in turning to each other for their needs. You can learn more about my therapeutic philosophy by clicking here.

My role as a therapist is to create a safe and supportive space where you can explore unfamiliar and uncomfortable emotional experiences, without feeling blame, shame or judgment.

If you think you might be interested in learning more, please call, email, or complete our contact form, so that we can schedule a time for a free, 15-minute consultation.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Couples and marital therapy: Addressing communication issues, healing after infidelity, lack of sexual intimacy, and the loss of love and connection.

Healing after separation and divorce. Individual sessions and Divorce Recovery Support Groups

Co-parenting issues during and after divorce.

Blended family issues.

Relational issues stemming from anxiety, depression, substance abuse and addiction.

Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MT2602
  • Qualified Parenting Coordinator, State of Florida
  • Trained mental health facilitator -- Collaborative Divorce process
  • Associate Member, South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Trained mediator, State of Florida
  • Ph.D., Department of Family Therapy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University
  • Masters Degree, Department of Family Therapy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Florida Atlantic University

Associations

  • Clinical Member American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Florida Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Broward and Palm Beach Chapters
  • Associate Member, American Bar Association
  • Associate Member, South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Member, South Palm Beach County Collaborative Law Group
  • Member, Florida Chapter, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

If you would like to know more about my therapeutic philosophy ...

The ability to love and feel loved is a basic human need. The need for emotional connection begins at birth and continues throughout our lives. Feeling emotionally secure is vital to our sense of safety and security. It allows us to go out and explore and enjoy our world.

In adults, romantic love can only be truly enjoyed when partners are able to form a strong emotional bond. This bond tells us that when we need them, our partners will be available to us and respond to us with kindness and comfort. Availability and responsiveness make us feel like we matter, that we are valued and that it's safe to trust in others. And it allows us to be vulnerable and express our deepest feelings. My therapeutic approach is research-based and proven to be effective.

I see my role as a therapist as creating a safe and supportive space where you can explore experiences that have created pain and distress in your life. The goal is to explore the emotional injuries these experiences have created and then heal them so that you can go on to lead a happy and purposeful life.

Emotionally focused therapy is a research-based model of therapy. Success rates are reported at about 75%. This includes issues like poor communication, loss of love and connection and the pain and trauma of discovering infidelity.

In resolving these issues, it's important to explore the ineffective patterns of interaction or communication that cause us to disconnect, by exploring the underlying emotions that create them. When couples can identify these patterns and understand their emotions on a deeper level, they are able to respond to one another with empathy and compassion. As they re-connect emotionally, they are able to create a more secure and satisfying bond.

What we learn from our relational experiences as young children influences our ability to have safe and secure adult relationships. EFT has also be found to be effective in working with individuals and couples.