Laura First, LCSW-C
Laura First MSW, LCSW-C is an experienced psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience in group, individual, and family therapy. She comes to ClearView Communities most recently from Sagebrush in Virginia, bringing years of knowledge in addiction/substance use treatment as well as supporting clients through trauma and loss. She worked with The Jefferson School, part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System for almost 20 years in individual, family, and group therapy as well as coordinating the expressive therapies program for the school. Laura who is extensively trained in DBT, CBT, and EMDR is also experienced in specialized modalities such as Playback Psychodrama, Meditation, Music Therapy, and Visual art as therapy.
Laura’s philosophy is to encourage clients to try something new, awaken their inner light and open the door to a story that’s waiting to be told; believing it is the sheer integration of the mind, body, and spirit that are on the cutting edge of healing and insight work. Laura grew up in the colorful tropics of Hawaii and now resides on a working farm in rural Maryland with her therapy dog, Collie.