Laura Roy FinkLicensed Clinical Social Worker
In Eastern Time
The one thing I wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, would be that therapy is a safe, confidential space where you can share your feelings without judgment. As a therapist, it is my responsibility to create a space where you will feel safe, open and honest enough to share your unique experiences, concerns and challenges. A space where you can just be YOU! And, in this safe space, we will work together towards healing and growth.
The key component to the therapeutic relationship is, above all, trust. Regardless of the model or technique that a therapist utilizes, its potential will be severely diminished unless the therapist can build a strong therapeutic alliance with the client. As a therapist, my first objective is to establish some form of trust which is the foundation from which the therapeutic relationship will be built upon. This takes time. The therapeutic relationship requires work, planning, dedication and cannot be rushed. Earning my client’s trust is truly an honor and a privilege.
Although I consider myself to be semi-retired, it is my love of helping people that brings me back to the field. I have enjoyed a lengthy career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker but continue to learn and develop to be the best therapist possible! I am deeply committed to making a difference in the lives of my clients and strive to offer superior care and treatment for all. I am passionate about my work and continue to enjoy helping others on their paths to living their best lives.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Familial relationships can be the source of stress and emotional pain, even in the healthiest of situations. Painful interactions can range from irritation to resentment and lead to feelings of guilt, disappointment, and anger.
Coping skills are tools and techniques one can learn, practice, and use to handle difficult emotions, decrease stress, and establish or maintain a sense of internal order.
Workplace issues are a common source of stress and can include interpersonal conflict, communication problems, gossip, harassment, discrimination, low motivation and job satisfaction, performance issues, and poor job fit.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
Concerns that impact school performance or academic life. Can include perfectionism, bullying, financial stress, academic transitions, test anxiety, balancing school with other responsibilities, discrimination, or harassment.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Certified Post Traumatic Stress Management Clinician
Certified Post Traumatic Stress Management Advanced Clinician
NJ Certified School Social Worker
NJ, LCSW, 44SC01028700
FL, LCSW, SW19024
Master of Social Work, Direct Practice, Rutgers University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University
As a seasoned therapist with many years of clinical experience, I have extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples in both the public and private sectors. My career started in community mental health where I worked as an emergency services/outpatient clinician. Primarily working with people who were in crisis, including people who were suicidal, in danger of harming others, or experiencing significant turmoil in life. During the 9 years there, a deep passion of working with children and families emerged. Out of this passion, a natural shift professionally developed from community mental health to school-based work. For 25 years I was employed at a public school where my work centered on enriching the educational, social and emotional well-being of children, adolescents and their families through counseling. Single-handedly I developed and implemented a successful clinical program for high school students with emotional and behavioral issues. Concurrent to the school position, I expanded into private practice for approximately 20 years where I thoroughly enjoyed working with individuals who were struggling with a variety of mental health concerns including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, life transitions, trauma and stress management. Through my extensive work across a variety of treatment settings, I have developed and refined my current treatment approach, combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and strength-based techniques in treatment. All clients have inner strengths, and I can help you tap into such strengths through therapy. By changing one’s inner dialogue about oneself and the world, life begins to change in a positive way as a result. I also recognize the strong connection between mind and body and work to help clients develop practices that enhance their overall wellness.
Last office of record:, 225 Route 23 North, Hamburg, 07419, NJ