Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Personal Trainer
Laura is a caring professional with a background in counseling since 2005. Her roles as a helper began with youth addiction counseling, child & family therapy, with attachment and trauma therapy. Recovering from her own restrictive/binge eating disorder after her fitness competition led her to transition into eating disorder and nutrition counseling. Combining the mind body connection with nutrition counseling and personal training to address the whole person. She is passionate about inspiring women to RISE and become free from the emotional burdens and wounds caused shaming perfectionist culture and attachment trauma.
The current diet culture has everyone "food phobic" and dissatisfied with their body. This artificial “scarcity/starvation” model of food restrictions and body image obsession have led to an epidemic of eating disorders. Laura helps women stop the obsession with food and learn to love their bodies so they rise above the scarcity mentality and believe they have everything they need. If you are struggling with mindless eating, constant overwhelm about your food choices, and you feel like you've tried everything, there is a better way. As a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor she guides her clients through the steps of discovering self- compassion, making peace with food, and end the dieting mentality for good.
Guided structured workouts that teach mind-muscle connection (also known as proprioception), science-based muscle hypertrophy training, injury prevention and recovery, body alignment and self correction skills. All with the goal in mind to have you confidently weight training Indepenteny.
IG: @rise_mindandbody for some clips of her classes
RISEtoo much woman
by Ev Yan Whitney
“There she is. . . the “too much” woman. The one who loves too hard, feels too deeply, asks too often, desires too much.
There she is taking up too much space, with her laughter, her curves, her honesty, her sexuality. Her presence is as tall as a tree, as wide as a mountain. Her energy occupies every crevice of the room. Too much space she takes.
There she is causing a ruckus with her persistent wanting, too much wanting. She desires a lot, wants everything—too much happiness, too much alone time, too much pleasure. She’ll go through brimstone, murky river, and hellfire to get it. She’ll risk all to quell the longings of her heart and body. This makes her dangerous.
She is dangerous.
And there she goes, that “too much” woman, making people think too much, feel too much, swoon too much. She with her authentic prose and a self-assuredness in the way she carries herself. She with her belly laughs and her insatiable appetite and her proneness to fiery passion. All eyes on her, thinking she’s hot shit.
Oh, that “too much” woman. . . too loud, too vibrant, too honest, too emotional, too smart, too intense, too pretty, too difficult, too sensitive, too wild, too intimidating, too successful, too fat, too strong, too political, too joyous, too needy—too much.
She should simmer down a bit, be taken down a couple notches. Someone should put her back in a more respectable place. Someone should tell her.
Here I am. . . the Too Much Woman, with my too-tender heart and my too-much emotions.
A hedonist, feminist, pleasure seeker, empath. I want a lot—justice, sincerity, spaciousness, ease, intimacy, actualization, respect, to be seen, to be understood, your undivided attention, and all of your promises to be kept.
I’ve been called high maintenance because I want what I want, and intimidating because of the space I occupy. I’ve been called selfish because I am self-loving. I’ve been called a witch because I know how to heal myself.
And still. . . I rise. Still, I want and feel and ask and risk and take up space.
Us Too Much Women have been facing extermination for centuries—we are so afraid of her, terrified of her big presence, of the way she commands respect and wields the truth of her feelings. We’ve been trying to stifle the Too Much Woman for ions—in our sisters, in our wives, in our daughters. And even now, even today, we shame the Too Much Woman for her bigness, for her wanting, for her passionate nature.
And still. . . she thrives.
In my own world and before my very eyes, I am witnessing the reclamation and rising up of the Too Much Woman. That Too Much Woman is also known to some as Wild Woman or the Divine Feminine. In any case, she is me, she is you, and she is loving that she’s finally, finally getting some airtime.
If you’ve ever been called “too much,” or “overly emotional,” or “bitchy,” or “stuck up,” you are likely a Too Much Woman.
And if you are. . . I implore you to embrace all that you are—all of your depth, all of your vastness; to not hold yourself in, and to never abandon yourself, your bigness, your radiance.
Forget everything you’ve heard—your too much-ness is a gift; oh yes, one that can heal, incite, liberate, and cut straight to the heart of things.
Do not be afraid of this Gift, and let no one shy you away from it. Your too much-ness is Magic, is Medicine. It can change the world.
Don’t believe me? Check this: All of your favorite women, the ones who’ve made history, the ones who’ve lent their voices for change and have courageously given themselves permission to be exactly who they are. Some examples: Oprah, Ronda Rousey, Beyoncé, Kali, Misty Copeland, Janet Mock, Mary Magdalene . . . they’re all Too Much Women.
So please, Too Much Woman: Ask. Seek. Desire. Expand. Move. Feel. Be.
Make your waves, fan your flames, give us chills.
We need you.”