I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. It takes courage to ask for help and to know when you need it. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business.”  Also, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

If you do take medication, I am happy to coordinate your care with your physician to ensure that your medication while in therapy is managed and discussed.

How does it work?

There are many ways we can engage in sessions. We can talk about your goals and see what we will need to put in place for you to achieve them. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.  Being present for your appointments and reporting how you are feeling can help us to identify what you need and what tools we can try and use to manage and/or eliminate symptoms.


*All information on this website is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between Laura Manderino-Martins, LPC and any person or entity unless otherwise specified.  Correspondence does not constitute an established therapist-client relationship, nor does it psychological treatment or diagnosis.*

Watertown, CT 06795

2030 Straits Turnpike
Middlebury, CT 06762

390 Middlebury Road Suite 2 Middlebury, CT 06762


(203) 558-1143

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