Providing mental health services in the Chattanooga area since 1999

Laura Bhattacharjee, MA

Licensed Masters Social Worker

Education

Pacific Union College, B.S.W

Southern Adventist University, M.S.W


Certifications

Licensed Master Social Worker


Therapeutic Approach

My therapeutic approach is strengths-based and person-centered, meaning I believe each client possess key experiences and strengths that serve as an asset to the clinical process and increases their ability to self-excavate, emotionally repair, develop meaningful insight, and improve their ability to make healthy and robust decisions. My treatment style is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy, all designed to enhance emotional agility, cognitive fluency, and healthy management of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief, trauma, and life transitions.


Treatment Issues

I primarily work with individuals or couples who are struggling with anxiety, depression, low-self-esteem issues, interpersonal/relationship challenges, grief, trauma, family conflict, and difficulties adjusting to life transitions.


Treatment Population

I provide counseling to adults 18 and up.


My Journey

Transition is ubiquitous to the human experience and can be a source of growth or paralysis. As someone who has traveled to and/or lived in over 30 countries, I can attest to the matrix of challenges that come with adjusting to “new normals.” However, I have learned both personally and professionally the key to healthy assimilation is to challenge antiquated biases, build curiosity about ourselves and others, and repair deep wounds/pains that keep us stuck and suspended. My hope is to help others increase their cognitive and emotional mobility so that they can effectively navigate through their life transitions.


Favorite Quote

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Viktor Frankl


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” -C.S. Lewis


Recommended Reading

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience by Meg Jay

Emotional Agility by Susan David