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Laura Olivieri Wood

Licensed Professional Counselor

Owner and Founder of Benavieri Counseling

My Story

I started my journey into the counseling field about 15 years ago when I realized that I had the power to make a change in my own life. The vision I had for my life seemed so far in the distance. Trauma and fear had been running the show for far too long. I knew that my superpower was still untapped, and I needed to gain independence before I could share it with the world. 

Somehow it was clear to me that the key to unlocking your superpower is self-actualization. To know yourself, accept yourself, and stand up for yourself are the core experiences necessary to heal from a lifetime of traumatic control. 

This is the foundation of my work. Along the way, I met mentors, teachers, and friends who gave me tools to build myself up so that I can translate my own journey into a template for helping others. That's why all of the counselors at Benavieri are given supportive mentorship, training, coaching, supervision, and consultation above and beyond what's required by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners to maintain our licenses. It's not enough to do the minimum. We are hyper-focused on our clients' progress and achieving meaningful outcomes as efficiently as possible. That means our clients shouldn't have to pay for any more sessions than they absolutely need. Each session is devoted to progress because we are working as a team to be the best possible therapist-partners to each and every client we have the honor of serving. 

We serve a specialized population, we understand that our clients have been through some of the most difficult experiences imaginable, we take our responsibility as healers very seriously. Every therapist at Benavieri Counseling is trained in understanding complex trauma, dissociation, parenting, adaptive information processing, healthy brain development across the lifespan, working with your nervous system, and how to maintain your sense of safety and connection within the therapeutic process. We invest our hours and dollars to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality of care. 

We want to be your last therapist, it's our mission to help you gain strength from your past, thrive in the present and open up endless possibilities for your future.

Education and Training

2022

Arizona Counseling Association

Clinical Supervision Certificate

2022

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

Licensed Professional Counselor

2022

Agate Institute with Ana Gomez

EMDR Sandtray Specialist Certification

2021

Dragonfly International Therapy with Sarah Jenkins

EquiLateral Equine Assisted EMDR Protocol

2021

National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine

Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma

2021

Agate Institute with Ana Gomez

EMDR Therapy with Children

2020

Dragonfly International Therapy with Sarah Jenkins

Healing the Whole Self - Treating Dissociation in Conjunction with EMDR

2020

EMDRIA International Association

Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) Trained Provider

2019

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

Licensed Associate Counselor

2013

University of Phoenix

Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Management

2017

University of Phoenix

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

2018

National Board for Certified Counselors

National Certified Counselors Certification

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