407 E 2nd Ave Ste 250 Spokane WA 99202 | (509) 315-9776

Laura Alvarez

Laura Alvarez MS, LMHC, RPT-S

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella (Spanish)

License, Certifications and Skills

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • National Board Certified Counselor
  • Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor
  • Bilingual in English & Spanish

Population Specialty

  • Adults 

Interests

  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Coping Skills
  • Life Transitions

Training Interests

  • Mindfulness Based Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Population Ally

  • Body positivity 
  • Cancer
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Single Mother Allied

About Laura

Laura earned a BA in Psychology from California State University in 2005 then pursued a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University in 2010.  She is licensed in the State of Washington as a Mental Health Counselor (LH61340407) and the State of Idaho as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-5072). Laura has also earned distinction as a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor (54372463).

Laura uses a Humanistic-Existential approach to therapy and incorporates mindfulness-based strategies to help individuals rise above their old conditioning and bring them to the present moment where one can make choices and guide their lives in a meaningful way.

Laura's Interest Areas

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues

A Message from Laura

Hello, my name is Laura Alvarez. I have been a mental health therapist for over 12 years. It was a childhood dream of mine to follow in the footsteps of renowned psychotherapists, as many peers and relatives trusted me with their personal vulnerabilities, this was was only reinforced throughout my life

Throughout my professional and educational experiences, I realized that many of us can get stuck in old patterns and as a result, we consciously or unconsciously create limitations for ourselves. I want to help individuals obtain awareness of these behaviors that are no longer serving them and I want to assist them to acknowledge their inherent wholeness.

I enjoy teaching clients skills that will help them on their journey to well-being. I believe that one can have a meaningful life when their choices are guided by them. I see my roles more as an assistant by creating an authentic space where someone can begin to learn to trust themselves and by holding a safe place where someone can feel comfortable to explore who they are and what they want. I tis my hope that anyone who comes to see me for therapy feels seen, heard and empowered.