Dr. Laura Smalley received her doctorate from Spalding University in 2014. Her internship was completed at the Butler University Consortium, where she worked at the university counseling center, as well as a community mental health center. She has also been trained at Home of the Innocents-Aftercare Program, Bellarmine University Counseling Center, and Lowe Elementary. She has worked in private practice for a year, providing therapy to a variety of individuals and families. Dr. Smalley has experience working with all ages, but has worked with primarily teens, college-aged adults, adults, and families, namely mother/daughter pairs.
Dr. Smalley specializes in grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties, and anxiety and depression. She also enjoys working with cultural and identity issues, including issues surrounding career, gender, and sexuality. Each person has his or her own unique potential that is waiting to be realized; sometimes life events, negative patterns in thinking, and biology can get in the way of that. A few of the tools and techniques Dr. Smalley uses to help clients reach their goals are mindfulness, self-compassion, sand tray therapy, guided imagery, as well as DBT and interpersonal therapies.
A Louisville native, Dr. Smalley loves walking around her neighborhood and supporting local businesses. She also enjoys the arts, meditation, and time spent in nature.