Laura Skinner, Ph.D.
Dr. Skinner’s education includes a BS in Biology from VA Tech, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She completed her internship at the VA Hospital in San Antonio. She has been in private practice in the Lake Norman area since 1997, providing individual, marital, and family therapy as well as performing psychological evaluations. She draws from a variety of treatment approaches and philosophical orientations, to develop the best individualized plan for her patients. She works from the premise that the therapeutic relationship is paramount in helping her patients and facilitating their healing and growth.
Currently, she works primarily with adults and couples, although she has extensive experience with adolescents, children, and families. Areas of specialty include personality disorders, depression, anxiety, acculturation issues, grief, and relationship issues. Dr. Skinner is fluent in Spanish and provides therapy and assessment for Latino clients. Moreover, she has experience in forensic evaluations, expert witness testimony and providing clinical supervision for Masters level clinicians.
Prior to her career as a psychotherapist, Dr. Skinner was an Environmental Scientist and was trained in observing and understanding the ways that complicated systems interact and influence each other. She adopts this perspective in helping individuals see their place in systems of self, family, community, and world. She has also completed intensive yoga training, is a 200-hr RYT, and draws upon the wealth of resources that yoga can bring to bear on improving mental, psychological and physical health. She is enthusiastic about her vocation and considers it a privilege to help individuals design and prosper in their chosen lives.