Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Couples counseling
Laurie Sherwood is a highly seasoned Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker bringing over forty years of experience to private practice in Newton, MA. Laurie uses a mindfulness-based approach to depression, anxiety, substance use, relationship challenges, insomnia, and couples counseling. Laurie applies her vast skill set to attend to the client as a whole person, creating a safe and productive environment for emotional healing.
Laurie provides compassionate care to a wide range of clients. A major focus of her practice is work with couples, including balancing the relationship and one's own needs within the context of parenting, transitioning to an empty nest, and maintaining sexual connection and intimacy. With a background in addiction work, Laurie also sees clients with challenges related to sex addiction, binge eating, gambling, alcohol, and illicit substance use.
Laurie is dedicated to continually building on her therapeutic experience and is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, a skills-based approach to sleep challenges. She helps provide relief to individuals suffering from sleep deprivation, fears, and anxiety.
Laurie identifies herself as a consultant to her clients, helping them to fully realize their goals and potential with a focus on each individual's strengths. Laurie brings a clinically adept, nonjudgemental, and empathetic approach to every unique situation.
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Mindfulness – Using practices such as breathing and meditation to cope with daily struggles
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Grief and loss – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Laurie Sherwood is not in network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial & ongoing sessions: $175 (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Laurie can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"It is my hope and intention to offer a warm, welcoming, and peaceful space in which to work as we learn together what most needs compassion and attention in you. From there we will facilitate the strengthening of your natural internal (and external) resources in order to meet whatever challenges may be present as you grow toward the best life you have envisioned for yourself.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private practice, 1982 - Present
Bay State Community Services Substance Abuse Program, Consultant, 1994 - 1996
Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Staff, Consultant, 1998 - 2000
OmniHealth Employee Assistance Program, Consultant, Counselor, and Coordinator of Clinical Services, 1990 - 1995
West-Ros-Park MHC, Psychotherapist, Crisis Manager, Consultant, and Supervisor, 1986 -1990
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Consultant and Supervisor, 1984 - 1986
The Newton Court Clinic, School Consultant and Member of Newton-Wellesley Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Team, 1979 - 1984
The Free Clinic of Lake County, Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist, 1977 - 1979
Case Western Reserve University, School of Applied Social Sciences, Mental Health Concentration, MSW, 1977
Kenyon College,Theology, BA, 1973