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“Lara’s insight, knowledge and compassion to serve people through the process of grief is so powerful and wise.

It’s very evident she has devoted herself to this much needed practice of healing."

Gina Shulman, San Luis Obispo, CA


Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT/EFIT/EFFT):

  • Various online trainings in EFT, EFIT and EFFT including; Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) for Attachment Trauma: Transforming Psychological Wounds for Adult Clients Traumatized as ChildrenEmotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) for Grief, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to Transform Couple Relationships. Online, 2023.

Family & Systemic Constellations:

  • Practitioner Certification in Family and Systemic Constellations Therapy with Luisa Muhr, of Family Constellations NYC, who studied and trained with Dr. Peter Orban, one of the earliest students of Bert Hellinger, the founder of Family Constellations Therapy. Online, Jan 2022 - Jan 2023.

Song Therapy/Lament work:

  • Certificate in Song Therapy Training with the Song Therapy Network, Somerset, UK. Online, 2020 - 2021.
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS):
  • Multiple courses with the Internal Family Systems Institute including Foundations of the IFS Model, IFS Treatment for Freedom from Trauma, Early Adversity, IFS & Anxiety, Depression, and Shame, and Healing Cultural Trauma with IFS. Online, 2019 - 2021.
Non-Medical Hospice Training:
  • In-home non-medical hospice training with the Hospice of SLO County, San Luis Obispo, CA. In-person, 2019. 

Nonviolence Studies​:

Focusing and Inner Relationship Focusing
Restorative Circles:
Workshop Facilitation:
The Work That Reconnects:
  • Multiple workshops & retreats in The Work That Reconnects with multiple trained facilitators, UK and USA.  In-person, 2010 - 2015.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT):
  • International Accredited EFT Practitioner Trainings Level 1, Level 2, Advanced Level 3, and Integrated Energy Techniques with EFT Masters Emma Roberts and Sue Beer of The EFT Centre, London, UK. In-person, 2011.
Matrix Re-Imprinting:
  • Matrix Re-imprinting Practitioner Training with Karl Dawson, founder of Matrix Re-imprinting and EFT Master, Brighton, UK. In-person, 2011.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC):

Cognitive Hypnotherapy:
Buddhist Studies & Training:
  • Multiple Buddhist retreats in the Insight (Vipassana) tradition at Gaia House, and Sharpham Trust, Devon, UK. In-person, 2009 - 2011.
Awakening the Dreamer:

Voice Dialogue:

  • Voice Dialogue Facilitator Training parts I, II & III, with John Kent (Voice Dialogue UK), London, In-person, 2008.

Shamanic Practice:

  • Shamanic Practitioner training including ancestral connection, shamanic journeying, and indigenous wisdom traditions with medical anthropologist Dr. Natalie Tobert, gained through her extensive research in and experience of Indian, African, and First Nations Native American and Aboriginal Australian understandings and perspectives, Richmond-upon-Thames, UK, In-person, 2005.
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Other frameworks and modalities that I value and draw from in my work include: Somatic Experiencing (SE), Relational Life Therapy (RLT), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT), Compassionate Inquiry (CI), Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Nature-Based Therapies, and Indigenous Wisdom Traditions.

With deep gratitude and respect to the many teachers and guides who have supported my learning and integration, whether in-person at a distance, or from the other side of the veil, including: Euphrasia (Efu) Nyaki, Marshall Rosenberg, Dr. Sue Johnson, Joanna Macy, Bert Hellinger, Eugene Gendlin, Ann Weiser-Cornell, Michael Meade, Francis Weller, Trevor Silvester, Sobonfu Somé, Martin Prechtel, Tuomas Rounakari, Jill Purce, and Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim (Grandma Aggie).

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