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Jill Smith and Associates Team

Laura Stokes

Our psychotherapists are masters level licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists. But they are more than that: they bring warm personalities, a “realness” and an appreciation for the enormous honor and responsibility it is that you have chosen to work with us.

Laura Stokes Therapist

Laura Stokes

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The most important part of a therapeutic relationship is creating a safe space for clients.

Hi there! My name is Laura Stokes, and I’d be honored to work with your children and family. 

I believe therapy can be beneficial for anyone. It’s a partnership between the therapist and the client, with the ultimate goal being improved wellness and quality of life. I draw on social work fundamentals including a person-centered, nonjudgmental approach with an emphasis on the dignity and worth of each individual client. To me, the most important part of a therapeutic relationship is creating a safe space for clients to process thoughts and feelings and being met with an empathetic response.

Clinical Specialities:
  • Children, adolescents and their families.
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • School-related issues
  • Behavior concerns. 
  • BS in sociology and religion from Wofford College
  • Masters in Social Work from University of South Carolina, with a concentration on children, youth and their families




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