My Purpose

meetLaya_boxBefore beginning treatment, I ask clients for a lot of information, so it seems only fair that I share some information about myself and my treatment philosophy.  Born and raised in Missouri (the “Show Me” state and my own state of mind!), I graduated with a BA and MSW from Washington University in St. Louis in 1981.  I have been practicing psychotherapy ever since.

My husband, the artist Tom Seghi, and I had a 44 year relationship before he died suddenly in 2011, leaving me with three beautiful children, six grandchildren and a heart full of fond memories.  To maintain my physical and mental health, I am a vegetarian and practice mindfulness meditation and Taoist Tai Chi movement.

Originally I was drawn to become a healing practitioner because the pain I witnessed in my own family opened my eyes to the suffering around me.  With a great desire to relieve unnecessary suffering, my own and others, I chose to devote my life to the healing arts.  I’m grateful for my choice because it allowed me to experience a level of joy that I didn’t imagine possible.  It also gave me the opportunity to help others do the same.

I believe with all of my heart that each of us has the innate potential to achieve a happy life, regardless of our history or circumstances.  In my 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist, I have found that respect for and attunement to each person’s inner wisdom is the key to successful therapy.

The primary purpose of my practice is to help people remove the blocks that keep them from connecting with their inner wisdom.  As they connect with the best in themselves, restoring confidence and hope, they can begin the process of personal changes necessary to achieve the happiness they desire.

Enthusiastic about sharing the benefits of my knowledge and skills, I welcome referrals because I am confident that relief from long term stress is indeed possible.  My educational training is extensive in both traditional and complementary treatment methods, some of which are amply supported by scientific research and others still in the preliminary phases.

In my own experience, I have found traditional therapy alone to be slower and, at times, to reinforce problems rather than help achieve desired solutions.  Accordingly, I offer a mind-body approach that goes beyond talk therapy when I discuss treatment options with each client.  Every treatment plan is client-centered to fit individual needs.

My office in Hollywood, FL is comfortable and easily accessible.  I also offer telephone sessions and am available for interactive group experiences utilizing a FAST approach to resolving stress.

My personal promise to you is that – using the full range of my skill set and training – I will do my very best to help you achieve the personal change you desire.  My commitment is to stay informed of the latest developments in my field and equally important, to continue my own personal practice of self inquiry.  Towards that end, I welcome your feedback so that I may recognize my blind spots.  My goal is to serve you with integrity and to make our therapeutic relationship as authentic, creative and beneficial for you as possible