Laura Stephens is a limited licensed psychologist and holds a board certification in behavior analysis. Laura has over seventeen years of experience working with children and adolescents with challenges such as ADHD, autism executive functioning deficits, oppositional and defiant behavioral difficulties, traumatic brain injury, social skill deficits and educational difficulties within the school system. She has extensive experience in functional behavior assessments, creating, implementing and training others on evidence-based behavior intervention plans as well as working with educational professionals to modify curriculum and IEP/504 goals.
Laura provides research and evidenced-based cognitive behavioral therapy and takes a structured and solution-focused approach to treatment. She believes that clients will benefit most from active involvement in treatment and thus she strives to provide education, training and specific tools to assist clients in meeting their goals.
In her clinical therapeutic work with children and adolescents, Laura emphasizes a team-based approach involving parents as well as educational and medical professionals when appropriate. Laura feels strongly that parents are the experts on their child and as such should be provided with the tools and training to better understand the difficulties their child is facing and to continue treatment outside of the session when appropriate.
Laura provides cognitive-behavioral therapy, social skills and cognitive training, acceptance and commitment therapy, applied behavior analysis, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness-based treatments to children as young as two-years old, adolescents, adults, parents, and families. In addition to her work with children and adolescents Laura has experience working with parents and families as well as providing individual treatment for adults with anxiety, depression, OCD, stress management, sleep disruptions, ADD/ADHD, and traumatic brain injury.
Laura graduated with a BA in Psychology from Oakland University and an MS in Clinical-Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Additionally, Laura maintains a certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional and certificates in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Laura is a Michigan native, born and raised in the northern Oakland County area. She has held clinical leadership positions at several private and community mental health agencies. In addition, she teaches both graduate and undergraduate coursework within the school of special education at Oakland University.