Lauretta Sand, M.A., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Lauretta was born and raised in Billings, Montana. Her interests include parenting her wonderful three children, music, theater and raising stubborn, yet loving, St. Bernard’s. In 1994, Lauretta received her Bachelor of Arts degree in performance theater at Rocky Mountain College, in Billings, Montana. Lauretta went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with a specialization in expressive arts therapy, from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California.
Upon graduating from John F. Kennedy University in 1996, Lauretta began working at Eastern Wyoming Mental Health Center in Douglas, Wyoming. During her time in Douglas, she specialized working with severely emotionally disturbed children, ages 3-18. In 2000, Lauretta moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where she was hired on at Klamath Falls Advocacy Center. She facilitated individual and family therapy with abused children and adolescents who were either adopted or in foster care.
In 2001, Lauretta moved back to Billings, Montana, where she was employed by Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch as a primary therapist in residential treatment. Her duties while at YBGR were to facilitate individual, group and family therapy with severely emotionally disturbed youth who were living in a residential setting. In addition, Lauretta supervised graduate students interning at the facility. During her 10 years at YBGR, Lauretta was also employed as the Clinical Director of Therapeutic Services in the residential program, where she supervised the primary therapists.
In 2007, while still at YBGR, Lauretta opened a private practice where she worked part-time with adults, couples, families, adolescents and children. In 2011, Lauretta chose to leave YBGR and focus full time on her private practice, where she enjoyed the next 7 years of her career, until her decision to move to the wonderful state of Washington.
Lauretta has been in the field for over 20 years where she enjoys working with adults, couples, families, children and adolescents. Her therapeutic approach focuses on the importance of creating a safe environment through genuineness and unconditional regard. In addition, Lauretta utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, play therapy and a systemic approach. With the systemic approach, the focus is to address not only the individual, but also their patterns and dynamics in a group setting. Lauretta specializes working with individuals with issues of anxiety, depression, self-harming, divorce, grief, anger, posttraumatic stress, life transitions, defiance and ADHD.
(TRC’s Note: Lauretta will see new clients starting mid-June. Please contact the scheduler for scheduling your appointments.)
Professional Interests and Specialties
- Adult Therapy
- Children/Adolescent Therapy (Ages 4-18)
- Couples Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Trauma (physical, sexual and emotional)
- Life Transitions
- Oppositional behavior
- Attachment issues
- EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- A. Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University-1996
- A. Major in Performance Theater with a Minor in Psychology, Rocky
Mountain College – 1990
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