Laila Presotto MA Psych RCC

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North Vancouver & Elaho Medical Clinic Squamish

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Laila Presotto holds an M.A. in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She works as a Psychotherapist in private practice as well as online, with individuals, families, couples, children and youth. Laila uses a solution-based approach to help support her clients in order to better manage behavior's, such as anxiety, depression and stress. Laila views these behaviors as a symptom of something more happening within a person, on a deeper level, and believes that if we can gain more insights into ourselves and our underlying issues, then we have the potential to behave differently in our present lives. Ultimately, Laila’s goal is to help people see differently, so that they can do differently. Laila uses a direct, yet gentle approach to deliver psychoeducational information and supports, and has the unique ability to motivate, inspire and empower people to better understand how to thrive and create a life they can be proud of.

Laila is a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist, having been trained by Dr. John Gottman, who is a leading research scientist on marriage and family with over 25 years of landmark research and is the author of several books including “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage work” and “And Baby Makes Three”. Laila uses this method when working with couples to help turn their relationship problems around and create a stronger and more resilient union. The goal of this method is to help couples break through barriers in order to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationship. It can help couples learn how to work through potentially destructive problems, how to detect the most common stumbling blocks within a relationship and more importantly, how to avoid them altogether. These intervention and assessment strategies are based upon data taken from Dr. Gottman’s study of more than 3000 couples. Laila is also certified in Dr. Sue Johnson’s externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, where couples learn to recognize how to de-escalate problematic cycles and restore their emotional bonds. Dr. Sue Johnson is the author of “Hold me Tight” and “Love Sense”.

Laila is a certified Dr. Gordon Neufeld course educator. Dr. Neufeld is a Developmental Psychologist, and author of the very popular book “Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents need to matter more than Peers”. Laila is an educator, whose passion and enthusiasm for the material shows in her commitment to helping parents and professionals understand the children in their lives from the inside out. Laila offers individual parenting consultation sessions in her private practice, helping those who are responsible for children better understand how children's emotional and psychological development unfolds. Laila can also assist parents going through a separation or divorce to help them understand their children’s emotional and psychological needs during this transition. She can provide insights and supports for parents on how to better navigate this new dynamic, and what behaviors they could possibly expect to see in their children.

Laila is a Certified Trauma Therapist, having been trained in Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Therapy Program, designed for professionals to help individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives. Dr. Peter Levine is the author of many books including “In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma” and “Waking the Tiger: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences”. Dr. Levine describes trauma as “an internal straitjacket created when a devastating moment is frozen in time”. Trauma stifles the unfolding of our being and strangles our attempts to move forward with our lives, it disconnects us from ourselves, others, nature and spirit. Trauma symptoms are not caused by the event itself; they arise when residual energy from the traumatic experience is not discharged from within the body. This energy remains trapped in the nervous system where it can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds, we can then lose the capacity to cope in healthy ways and in turn become less resilient. The Somatic Experiencing approach offers a framework to assess where a person has become stuck in the FIGHT, FLIGHT OR FREEZE response and provides the tools to resolve these physiological states.

Laila is extensively trained in a specialized therapy method called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or more commonly known as CBT therapy. Laila is certified in this technique by Dr. David Burns, author of “The Feeling Good” and “The New Mood Therapy”. CBT is an approach that helps you to better understand how your thoughts can impact your feelings and how your feelings can impact your thoughts, which then directly translates into the behaviors, actions, and choices you are making in life. This technique helps you to learn how to combat negative thoughts or feelings, so that you can begin to shift your thinking and emotions into feeling more positive, which will in turn impact your mood, coping abilities and overall Mental Health. Laila can use this technique with an individual but can also provide education and tools within a couples dynamic as well.

Laila has also been certified by Dr. Rick Hanson, Author of “Hardwired to Happiness” and “Resilient”. In Dr. Levin’s groundbreaking approach, called Positive Neuroplasticity, Laila use’s positive techniques with combined Neuroscience to help treat anxiety, depression and trauma. She utilizes the power of Dr. Levine’s neuroscience, joined with the practicality of positive life experiences, to re-wire negative thought patterns and provide you with the life skills to experience deep and lasting change in the way you view the world around you.

Laila is the author of a thesis called “Domestic Violence and Its Effects on Young Males: Is There a Risk for Criminal Behavior”, her expertise is in domestic violence and the impact it has on children. She is particularly interested in the externalizing and internalizing behavior's in children who have witnessed domestic violence. These behaviors can include aggression, criminality, anxiety/withdrawal, nightmares, lower self-esteem and psychosomatic complaints. Laila works with both parents and professionals to help identify early warning signs of potential “budding criminals” throughout childhood, and can offer consults, education or supports for parents or caregivers experiencing these challenges.