ABOUT LAURA BYRNES,
Growing up, I always enjoyed talking. I loved to meet people and hear each person’s unique perspective and experience. I pursued a degree in Public Relations but found that while I enjoyed using my organization and communication skills, I was not feeling fulfilled with my career choice at the end of each day. My career led me to event planning and it was during wedding planning that I found myself navigating the complexities of family relationships and deescalating tense situations. I had an inherent drive to make a positive difference, make connections with the people, and make others feel comfortable and cared about, so I decided my skills would be better suited for a career in counseling.
I obtained my Master’s in Counseling from William Paterson University and began working as a School Counselor for the past six years in a high school in Passaic County. I enjoy working with adolescents to help them through obstacles they face and seeing them become successful young adults. My priority as a counselor is to establish relationships with my students, parents, and staff members through empathetic understanding and unconditional support. I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of New Jersey. Working in a school has provided me with experiences related to anxiety, self-esteem, students coping with LGBTQIA+ issues, coping with different stressors and loss, and the transition from high school to post-secondary plans. Other areas of interest include loss, relationship issues, parenting, and life transitions. Through the therapeutic process, I encourage my client’s to reach their full potential and lead more contented and satisfying lives.
I live in Passaic County with my husband and our three boys. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and trying new recipes, and traveling.