Laura Marques Brown is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) working in the unceded territory of The Piscataway First Nation, also known as Annapolis Maryland. She specializes in Nature Therapy or Ecotherapy and has created a therapy model called Decolonizing Nature Therapy©. Laura’s identities include being cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied, and multicultural. She is white passing and is a first generation American born from immigrant parents. Laura’s work is informed by these identities, and she specializes in professionally collaborating with multicultural and multiracial individuals. In the field of ecotherapy there is a recognition of the important intersection between humans and the natural world. Due to various influences, this important intersection has become severed in our dominant culture. Laura works to decolonize this modality of healing which often involves naming why the disconnection happened in the first place: in large part due to the impacts of colonization.
Laura has created a therapy framework called Decolonizing Nature Therapy©, a Trauma- Informed Therapy Model for Ecotherapists. When teaching this framework Laura supports
helping professionals to re-humanize the process of therapy, the role of the therapist and the role of the client, and to understand how systems of oppression and historical trauma impact a
person’s sense of belonging in nature. This framework is built on the premise that that our identities impact how we relate to the world around us, including how we relate to the natural
world. When Laura teaches her model, she is transparent that it can be uncomfortable, charged and emotionally activating material to engage with. She values supporting helping professionals
to build a tolerance for this discomfort in order to promote healthy therapist-client power dynamics, to avoid extractive practices in nature therapy sessions, and to increase safety for clients and for nature during nature sessions.
Laura currently offers her Decolonizing Nature Therapy© framework to her clients at Anchored Hope Therapy where she works full-time, to participants who attend the Nature Informed
Therapy Certification program offered through the Center for Nature Informed Therapy (CNIT) where she is a guest presenter, and as a consultant for therapists who want to learn how to
integrate nature into therapy in trauma-informed and intentional ways. Laura is working on completing training hours to become a board-certified supervisor in Maryland by the fall of 2022.
Trainings/Guest Presenting/Status Meetings:
Hourly Rate – $170
One Time Consultation (non-training related):
Hourly Rate $150
Ongoing or Bi-monthly Consultation (non-training related):
Hourly Rate $100 (1:1)
Hourly Rate $50/person (small groups under 10 people)
*If over 10 people, payment will be negotiated based on group consultation needs.
*Coming in the Fall of 2022
Hourly Rate: TBD