Laura Deffley, LPC

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  • Specialties: (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Therapy, Identity Development, Individual Therapy, Mindfulness, Relationship Therapy, Trauma
  • Languages: English

I am passionate about helping people with diverse identities thrive and feel fully alive. My work with PTSD/trauma, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, grief, LGBTQIA+ identity issues, has shown me that we are all worthy and whole already even though life can be a struggle at times. I also work with couples and families navigating relationship issues and changes in structure.

I offer a warm, supportive, safe, sex-positive space where you can feel heard, seen, and understood.  I collaborate with you to help you determine what is needed for growth, change, and fulfillment in your life and relationships. I incorporate various approaches, including CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and art, because every individual and relationship is unique.

I understand that reaching out to a helping professional to make a change can be scary. Whatever you are facing, right now, I can help you take the next step to a more fulfilling and rich life.

Professional Experience

Laura Deffley, LPC, holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Governors State University (GSU) where she was awarded a grant to participate in training on Trauma Across the Lifespan. She has provided therapeutic services to diverse individuals, couples, and families through GSU’s Counseling Lab. Most recently, Laura counseled adults who were struggling with PTSD/trauma, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at UChicago Medicine Ingalls’ Flossmoor location. Throughout her adult life, she has volunteered with multiple LGBTQIA+ organizations that are close to her heart.


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