Ms. Swinford studied psychology and social work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she received both her Bachelor of Arts and her Master’s in Social Work. She has served in the field of family mental health with more than 15 years of clinical experience, and is also a published author of research work in the mental health field.
Ms. Swinford believes in connection and relationship as she journeys through life. She brings this approach to her work, matching techniques to the needs of her clients. She is a Level 2 EMDR therapist through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). In 2017, she was accepted into a three- year training program to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
Ms. Swinford was an adjunct professor at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, where she taught evidence -based treatment to Masters level students. In addition to her therapy background, Ms. Swinford taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Greece for grades kindergarten through college. She also trains dogs, and is a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator. Ms. Swinford is the owner of Bloomington’s Know Yoga Know Peace. She teaches yoga classes at the studio, and when appropriate, is able to incorporate somatic techniques into her therapy.
Laura loves being in the woods with her pup Matilda and enjoys the company of her friends and family. She loves when friends, family, and her dog all come together to join her in her yoga practice.