Laura Pearl, PhD, LCSW

Preferred Name: Laura

About Me

Do you have trouble figuring out what you truly want in relationships, or how to get it? Do you want to understand why you do what you do? Do you fear that you may not always make good decisions? Do you notice yourself being triggered by ordinary events? Maybe you are often overwhelmed by strong emotions—or maybe you have a difficult time feeling anything at all. Maybe it seems like there is something essential missing from your life: intimacy, confidence, vitality, motivation, self-compassion, growth, peace. Maybe you have lost touch with who you really are, or maybe you want to know yourself more deeply. Therapy can help. I integrate EMDR with Gestalt, DBT and psychodynamic therapies. I do not do adjunctive EMDR. I work on deep childhood issues which affect my clients' lives in many areas. In order to do my best work, I ask that clients see me as their primary therapist during their time with me.

Education & Experience

MSW, Columbia University School of Social Work, 2017; PhD, Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2006; experience in general outpatient mental health, support for survivors of domestic violence, and with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated clients.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

The Gestalt Center, New York, NY

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Moral Injury
  • Personality Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors


  • Arabic