I'm Laurie Conaty, and my goal is to help you Make it Work. Most people seek therapy or attend an intensive workshop because there are things happening (or not) in their lives that they don’t like.  They want to figure out what those things are and how to fix them. I help my clients identify problems and develop solutions as quickly and as efficiently as possible.   I have a reputation for being both respectful and direct, intuitive and compassionate.  30+ years of clinical experience as well as my background in diagnostics and training in various treatment approaches, such as EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, ACT, DBT and solution-focused therapy, have helped me become efficient and effective in helping my clients. 


In a nutshell, I can help you figure out what’s going on and together we’ll come up with a plan for what to do about it.




I began clinical work while working toward my Master’s degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Being licensed as both a Clinical Social Worker and a Clinical Addictions Specialist – I practice  as a psychotherapist, a consultant, and a trainer.  The opportunity to develop treatment programs for both adolescents and adults as well as clients with both substance use and psychiatric/behavioral disorders has allowed me to offer comprehensive treatment programs for my clients.  Clinical faculty appointments in well regarded teaching hospitals have enhanced my skill in diagnostics and effective treatment planning.  I am grateful to be able to bring these experiences and skills to the services I provide.


I am a MINT Certified Trainer and I am honored to be among the first groups to satisfactorily complete the Certified Trainer process-it was a humbling and learning-filled experience!  I provide training in Introduction to Motivational Interviewing, Advanced Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Interviewing in Group Therapy.  Additionally, I provide coaching and coding using the MICA (Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment.) 


I had the privilege of providing ASAM training for The Change Companies/Train for Change for a year.  Since that time, I provide this 'deep dive' training independently.  Please go to the Training tab to see reviews and my upcoming training schedule!

"With decades of experience working with individuals and families, Laurie brings a unique blend of professional experience and a practical, intuitive approach to her work. She is adept at efficiently identifying problems, lagging skills, and also strengths that can be utilized to allow a person to gain the tools necessary to move on in their lives. She has a gift of easily engaging with people and establishing a trusting relationship. Her clients truly feel  that Laurie is partnering with them to help them identify and eventually achieve their treatment goals."  - Andrea Jimenez, M.D., Board Certified Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist


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