Laura Turnbull, MA, CPsych Registered Clinical Psychologist Associate, Toronto Psychology Clinic
Laura Turnbull is a Registered Clinical Psychologist in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is also a Certified Canadian Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Laura Turnbull has extensive experience working with adults and couples facing a variety of problems that include:
Trauma and PTSD
Grief and loss
Sexual and gender identity issues
Laura Turnbull has a longstanding interest and passion for working with clients from diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, immigrants, refugees, and people from diverse religious backgrounds. Laura Turnbull completed her Master of Counselling degree at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta in 2015. Subsequently, Laura Turnbull provided short and long-term therapy in private practice and public institutions to individuals and couples. She also provided psychological assessment/evaluations and psychotherapy to motor vehicle accident victims. Additionally, given her commitment to accessibility and working with vulnerable groups, Laura Turnbull provided interventions for people with disabilities at Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Supports. She provided counselling for women and their families fleeing domestic violence.
Laura Turnbull has a collaborative and empathic approach with her clients. She uses an integrative approach to therapy and draws from evidence-based approaches that include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy, systemic therapy, mind-body approaches, and narrative and solution-focused therapies. She is presently training in Somatosensory Therapy, the Gottman Method and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples therapy. Research: Laura Turnbull works broadly with people of all backgrounds. She has a special interest in sexual and gender diversity as this is an underserviced group. She has published peer-reviewed articles on cross-cultural sensitivity, gender, and sexual orientation as they relate to mental health in adults and children. In addition, she developed a manual for counsellors working with individuals who have disabilities, as well as a treatment plan for therapists working with teens who have eating disorders in a group setting. She also provided workshops for therapists on cultural sensitivity and sexual and gender diversity. Personal Background: Laura Turnbull was raised in Alberta, Canada. She was raised by parents of different religious backgrounds, which provided her with an early understanding of how different religions impact how we think about the world. In addition, her family is culturally diverse, and this has informed her ability to be cultural sensitive. She self-identifies as an LGBTQ person.
Published Research: *Please note that these articles were published under Laura’s maiden name “Gothreau”* VanderLaan, D. P., & Gothreau, L. M. (2011). Separation anxiety in feminine boys: Pathological or prosocial? Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 15, 30-45.
VanderLaan, D. P., Gothreau, L. M., Bartlett, N. H., & Vasey, P. L. Recalled separation anxiety and gender atypicality in childhood: A study of Canadian heterosexual and homosexual men and women. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI 10.1007/s10508-010-9695-Z
Vasey, P. L., VanderLaan, D. P., Gothreau, L. M., & Bartlett, N. H. (2009). Traits of separation anxiety in childhood: A retrospective study in Samoan men, women, and fa’afafine. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI 10.1007/s10508-009-9589-0 Professional Manuals
Gothreau, L. M. (2015). Disability and sexuality: A manual for counsellors (Unpublished final project). University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada.
Gothreau, L. M., & Schure, K. (2014). Healthy eating and self-esteem for teen girls: A group counselling proposal (Unpublished proposal). University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada.
Gothreau, L. M. (2013). Interdisciplinary professional development. Contact Point: GSEP Corner. Retrieved from: http://contactpoint.ca/interdisciplinary-professionaldevelopment/ Presentations: Turnbull, L. M. (2017, October). Working with Sexually- and Gender-Diverse Clients in Therapy. Presentation. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Toronto, Ontario.
Gothreau, L. M. (2015, February). Supporting Clients with Gender Dysphoria. Presentation. Vecova Centre for Disability Services. Calgary, Alberta.
Gothreau, L. M. (2009, April). Separation anxiety and male homosexuality. Presentation. University of Lethbridge Undergraduate Psychology Symposium. Lethbridge, Alberta.
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