With great pleasure Arundel Psychological welcomes a very talented Licensed Psychologist to our practice. Dr. Laura Groft specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families to facilitate positive change and growth. She has much experience working with children who struggle to regulate their emotions and behaviors and are seen as oppositional, explosive, or defiant, causing difficulties at home and school. Laura has worked extensively with children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, trauma and grief/loss experiences, depression, anxiety, and other social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Through patience, dedication, and skill, Laura collaborates with families and individuals to effect change and growth with the goal of improving relationships, as well as home and school functioning. Laura’s families appreciate her genuine empathy for what they are experiencing, strengths-based approach, and easy-going, approachable manner.
When working with clients, Laura considers each family’s and individual’s needs and draws from research-based approaches using a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) framework. Depending on the individual’s needs, Laura also incorporates components of play therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, and positive psychology, such as mindfulness.
Laura earned her doctorate degree from the University of Maryland (UMD) and has worked in public school systems in Maryland and Virginia since 2012. She has co-authored articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and academic texts, and has worked as an adjunct instructor at UMD teaching and supervising advanced doctoral-level students in counseling. She is also specially trained to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and has extensive experience assessing young children.
Reading this is the first step to reaching out for support. Laura looks forward to working with you as a team to help make the changes you’re looking for and deserve.