About Me

 

"If you’re ready to dive deep, find emotional healing, and finally feel calm and free, then I am so glad you are here."

I’m Laurita Gorman

               

For much of my life, I have been curious and intrigued by the human condition and the inherent resiliency of the human spirit through pain and difficult life experiences.   I have dedicated my life to learning about the deep connections between the mind and the body, and I have discovered some incredible tools and wisdom along the way.

I am a Holistic Psychotherapist, Embodiment Coach, Storyteller, international speaker, and writer.  I am here to help you transform your life from a place of pain and suffering, to a journey of healing and growth, so you can live your best life and make meaningful impact in the world.  With compassion and empathy, and through a unique blend of psychology + holistic and spiritual practices, I can help you discover what matters most to you and assist you in taking action steps towards those values so you can create the life you love, now!

I am on a mission to help people around the globe discover emotional freedom, cultivate personal empowerment, and achieve their highest potential.  I believe we all have the strength and courage to navigate through difficult and painful life experiences while still living a meaningful life rooted in our values and fueled by our passions.  We all have a story, yes even you – stories of pain, suffering, and defeat, and I believe each and every one deserves to be heard and has a dose of wisdom to be shared that can inspire the world.

The journey to emotional healing and taking steps to live the life you love isn’t always easy.

I know, because I have been there and I have my own story of pain and suffering.

 

Let me share my story…

 

I know what it means to be a survivor of trauma.  I know the pain of unbearable depression and hopelessness.  I know the fear and terror of experiencing crippling anxiety.  I know the feeling of feeling lost and alone.  I know the sense of disconnection, from myself and others.  Years ago, I was struggling with debilitating emotional pain, was fearful of the future, and lacked direction in my life.

What I discovered was that in order to find healing, create meaningful changes, and develop the skills necessary to ride the waves of pain and suffering, I needed to dive deep, step out of my comfort zone, and get to know the real me!  I embarked on my own healing journey using a combination of counselling and coaching, holistic practices, and travel experiences!

After connecting with a counsellor I felt safe with, getting to the core of my issues, and working through them together as a team, I started to cleanse myself of old painful wounds and limiting beliefs.  I finally discovered the meaning behind my pain and suffering.  I began to learn how to navigate through difficult emotions and life experiences more effectively, which helped me to respond more positively to situations in my life.  I finally stepped up to my worth and went after my dreams with a new sense of hope, confidence, and excitement!

 

Let’s re-write your story, together!

 

Together, we will dive deep and I will gently guide you into discovering more about who you are.  We will look at your shadow and learn the lessons they have gifted you with in order to grow.  I will create a safe and sacred space where you can be real and authentic so you can travel to those places that are uncomfortable and break free from the pain, experience the freedom of forgiveness, and realize your own potential.  We will investigate with love and honesty what is hurting you, what patterns need to shift, and we will get real about the changes you need to make so you can live the life you desire and deserve.  I will guide you to connect with your body, release the stress, and become fully present in your life and relationships.  I will support you in learning the skills to help ride the waves of life and guide you to connect to your soul, that inner compass of yours. It won’t always be easy, and, I am with you every step of the way.

                           

As a Holistic Psychotherapist and Embodiment Coach, I am dedicated and passionate about helping you find emotional freedom and live a value-driven life!  I am passionate about supporting you through your unique healing journey and feel honoured and humbled to bear witness to your story, acknowledging the amount of strength and courage it takes to share such intimate and private details of your life. My commitment to you is to help you get to a place where the pain you are experiencing is no longer controlling your life or your happiness. My goal is to help you heal the past, discover what matters most to you, and support you in taking action steps toward a life rooted in your values so that you can create the life you want, now!

 

If you are ready and feel called to make meaningful changes in your life, I am here for you! 

 

Professional Bio

I have earned a Bachelor of Social Work Honours degree and Master of Social Work degree from Toronto, Canada.  I have over ten years of experience working in the mental health field and have also worked in a variety of areas including child welfare, crisis intervention, abuse and domestic violence, and within settings such as homeless shelters, residential treatment homes, schools, and hospitals.  I have completed extensive clinical, psychological, and personal development training and have experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MBCT), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnosis, Somatic Pyschology, and Trauma Informed Therapy/Practices.

I have completed extensive research in the field of spirituality and mental health and received the Gerry Erikson Practice-Based Research Paper Prize.  I have developed and taught mental health workshops in hundreds of schools throughout Canada and developed more comprehensive programs to serve at-risk youth. I have also designed and facilitated workshops and have been a public speaker at national and international conferences to a variety of professionals and organizations.  My writing and articles have also been published on platforms such as The Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Thought Catelog, and Positively Positive.  I am a pioneer in bridging the gap between holistic practices and mental health and have spearheaded several specialized programs in practice  settings within various agencies.  In addition, I have developed  and organized campaigns and fundraising initiatives/events to support non-profit organizations and to increase mental health education, and services.

In addition to being trained in various psychological therapies and modalities, I am a certified yoga instructor and often integrate yoga postures and breathing techniques into my psychotherapy practice.  I have also received certifications and training in a variety of holistic modalities including energy work, quantum healing, hypnosis, meditation, and trauma sensitive yoga, to name a few.  In my practice, I blend together my expertise in psychological therapies and holistic modalities to create a unique therapeutic experience for each individual.

I am a registered social worker (M.S.W, R.S.W) in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.  I work with youth and adults in the Vancouver and Squamish area, and also work with clients around the globe through video/phone counselling.

 

In my private practice, I work with people who seek assistance in….

  • Stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and body image issue

  • Difficult emotions such as anger, loneliness, fear, sadness, shame, guilt, jealousy, and envy

  • Personal growth and development

  • Self-love and self-compassion

  • Increasing consciousness

  • Women’s issues

  • Grief and loss

  • Chronic illness and/or pain

  • Relationship and family difficulties

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Difficult life transitions

  • Spiritual issues

Affiliations

Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers

British Columbia College of Social Workers

Association for Contextual Behaviour Science

International Coaching Federation

Ambassador for Her International

Ambassador for Heroic Humans

Contributor for The Huffington Post

Contributor for Elephant Journal

Contributor for Thought Catelog

Contributor for Positively Positive

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