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Laura Garrison, PhD

Laura Weber Garrison, Ph.D., is an author, educator, and holistic health counselor who specializes in trauma resolution and recovery.


Dr. Garrison holds a Ph.D. in Holistic Health, is Board-certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and has over two decades of experience working with challenged and at-risk populations. Laura specializes in holistic, integrative yoga-based therapeutics with an emphasis on trauma-specific restorative modalities. She is certified as an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist through the Wellness Institute and continues her studies both as a practitioner, instructor, and as she says "always a student." 


Dr. Garrison is also certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists; by iRest Integrative Yoga Nidra as an Instructor and by the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).  


Laura has traveled and taught extensively and is the author of numerous courses, workshops, and publications including Damaged Rudders: Healing Trauma through Yoga, Creativity, and the Connections to Our Divinity and the forthcoming book, Going Rogue: Healing In Spite of Your Traumas.

Laura utilizes a holistic heart-centered approach in conjunction with iRest Integrative Restoration yoga, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), mat-based restorative and therapeutic yoga, and somatic-release therapies to facilitate the healing process with and for her clients.  This process incorporates the innate wisdom and healing capacities of a person’s mind, body, and spirit. She believes that this approach also necessitates ongoing, heart-centered dedication to her own learning, self-exploration, and personal growth, and thus, she, too, is fully committed to this process for herself.  In that regard, she likewise continues her work as a patient and a student with the Wellness Institute and other top institutions such as Hoffman.


In her private practice, Laura has worked extensively with clients in the areas of stress and anxiety management, PTSD, mind-body dis-ease, life transitions, trauma, abuse, eating disorders, grief, mood disorders, and addictions. Laura also facilitates group workshops and weeklong retreats, including her signature programs, Empowered Transitions™: Retreat to Recalibrate, and the Ten Big, Bold Weeks Program.  She also teaches Trim-Life™ (a weight release program, currently also being utilized by the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH) and leads Healing Circles and Empowerment Workshops nationwide.


Additional Qualifications:

Board certification by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners; Yoga Alliance E-RYT200 and E-RYT 500; C-IAYT, Certified Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists; YACEP Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider; Member, International Association of Counselors and Therapists; iRest Yoga Nidra Instructor, Certified Reiki Practitioner, BSM (Management), MA (Business Administration); MS (Metaphysics); Advanced Clinical Heart-Centered Wellness Clinical Hypnotherapist; Ph.D. in Holistic Health Counseling. Advanced Internship- Clinical Hypnotherapy with the Wellness Institute. Past High-Risk Specialist/CEU Provider for AFAA, ACE, and IDEA. Author, artist, and educator.


Laura has also traveled extensively in pilgrimage and to study in countries such as Peru, China, Korea, Italy, Nepal, and Egypt and walked the Camino Frances de Santiago (650+ miles) in 2021, the Camino Portugues (275+ miles) in 2022, and has plans to walk the Camino Frances again in 2025. She has been through the Hoffman Process and has been trained by and worked directly with such luminaries as Dame DC Cordova, Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Dr. Joe Dispenza, T. Harv Eker, David Hartman, Diane Zimberoff, Alberto Villoldo, and Jorge Delgado. 

About Laura...

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"Laura has such tremendous depth and breadth of knowledge and experiences...this benefits not only you but all of those with whom we are involved. She understands trauma and abuse firsthand because she's lived through it. What a gift she is!" ~NM

"Laura is one of the most motivated, hardworking and well-organized people I know...extremely social and incredibly inspirational. She is the best hugger, EVER!

I just love her." ~CC

"Laura helped save my life, it's as simple and complicated as that." ~ KW

"Laura has been through hell and back herself. Seriously, like truly bad sh*t that she didn't deserve.  But, like she says, "If you're going through hell, don't take a seat!" And if I were her, I would hate humanity. She doesn't. Nope. She loves people and believes in the good in spite of what the world and people who were supposed to be her "family" put her through. And she calls it a gift!  If that's not a real deal kind of  healer person I don't know who is." ~LB

"You've given me a new perspective and helped me in ways I'll never've given me the  hope and the courage to try things that will help me in life and I'm so grateful. You have made such a difference in people's lives. I love you!" ~ MM

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"She's goofy, irreverent, incredibly sensitive, a great listener and a gifted God-Send. If you're broken, she'll help you heal... She's been through an awful lot and really understands."~  BL

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