Laura is a graduate from the Master of Arts in Drama Therapy program at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.  She is in the process of registering as a Certified Canadian Counselor and Psychotherapist and will begin the process of becoming a Registered Drama Therapist.  She is also an actor, playwright, poet, spoken word artist, mental health advocate, activist and peer support worker.  She first entered the mental health system herself in her late teens for depression and anxiety, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia several years later.  Although Laura’s experiences on the receiving end of mental health services have not always been positive, she has been helped by numerous renegade service providers, who managed to practice outside many of the constraints of their training.  It is her hope that she will soon be in the position of being able to navigate these waters herself, and to slowly work to shift the current paradigm of mental health services in Canada, from the inside out.

Laura is currently touring “Heartwood,” a one woman play she has written about her experiences with “mental illness,” her relationship with her diagnoses, and how to find ways to allow our greatest sources of suffering to open our hearts, and to motivate us toward compassionate action.