Laura Hicks, BSW, RSW
Clinical Counsellor / Registered Social Worker
Thank you for looking at my bio and considering me to be your counsellor. This is not a decision one makes lightly. Who do you trust with your most intimate and personal details? Who do you go to when you don’t feel like yourself, or you feel like your life is falling apart around you? This is big stuff. You are probably wondering will they get me? Will they understand what I am going through and what I am dealing with? Will they judge me? Will they be able to help me? These are valid and important questions.
I have been in your shoes and wondered these same things – ready to start working on my ‘stuff’ – the stuff I had been carrying for too long, the stuff that felt too messy and too scary to even begin looking at. The stuff I carried with shame and sadness. I got to the point where my ‘stuff’ was getting too heavy and it was affecting my health, my success, my relationships, all of it, and some of my ‘stuff’ was my relationships and family dynamics! Things felt very complicated. Something needed to change, and I needed help. With a lot of love, support, courage, and hard work I found my way through and found my way to the work I do now.
There is a path through the ‘stuff’. There is place within yourself where you can feel sturdy and strong, where you can handle what life throws at you with flexibility and ease, where you can feel a state of wellbeing and calm. The therapeutic relationship offers a space of connection and attunement that allows you to reach inward, look closely, be curious, and move through. I can offer you this space where healing and growth takes place. The work will be hard, but it will be worth it, because you are worth it.
I have been working with individuals and families for 11 years and have a wide range of experience, education, and skills. I have a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina and am a Registered Social Worker. I have worked intimately with trauma survivors and people struggling with their mental health, addiction, and attachment issues. I have experience and training working with parents and children going through separation, divorce, and custody issues. My favorite work is relationship work and individual journeys of acceptance, love, and self-respect.
I am committed to my own personal work and continuous learning so that I can offer the best support to those who come through my door. I am always working to unlearn my biases and recognize my incredible privilege and where it shows up. Most importantly, I am willing to be human and show up for you in a genuine and authentic way. To POC and Indigenous people – I can’t pretend to understand your experience fully, but I can understand it as best I can from an outside perspective. I can offer you a safe, gentle space to begin. I’ve been so fortunate to work closely with and in First Nations communities over the past seven years and I feel I have an understanding of the challenges and hardships you face on a daily basis. I also understand the beauty and strength within the people and communities, and we will use these strengths together to get you to the place you want to be. I am fortunate to be registered with Non-Insured Health Benefits for First Nations (NIHB). And to LGBTQQIP2SAA people, I see you, you are valid, and I welcome you into this space. I promise to support you as best I can.
I work with children, youth, families, couples, and individuals in the following areas:
- Mental Health all encompassing
- Eating Disorders/Body Acceptance
- Self Esteem/Self Confidence
- Stress and Burnout
- Children and Teens
- Couples/Relationship Issues
- Anger and Self Management
- Suicide/Self-Harm/Suicidal Ideation
- Personal Growth and Goal Setting
- Building Emotional Intelligence
- Tel: (306) 382-2391
- Location: Saskatoon