Laura Morlok, LCPC, RPT
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor and registered play therapist based in Damascus, Maryland. Since earning my masters in counseling in 2010, I have had amazing experiences as a therapist for children, adolescents and families in multiple settings, including private practice, acute inpatient treatment and a partial hospitalization program. In addition to being a therapist, I provide supervision to recent graduates and other clinicians.
Before my life as a counselor, I had the honor of being invited to be a part of a handful of families as their nanny, as well as been an Office Manager for a counseling practice and a long-time head counselor for a summer camp. Oh, and the standard-issue customer service/retail/food-industry jobs too. (Ask me about how good frozen chocolate chip cookie dough is when we meet.)
What does my experience mean for you as my client? It means I know for a fact that you are not the only one. It means that I have listened to all types of caregivers (adoptive, foster, biological, guardians, grandparents, step-parents, life partners…), who are parts of all types of families, describe situations so similar to yours it’s almost uncanny.
So when I say to your kid,
You know, you really can talk to me about anything; I can almost guarantee you won’t embarrass me or scare me off.
it’s true. I’ve talked about a lot of things other people might consider to be unexpected!
Or when I tell you,
Nope, I don’t think your kid is crazy. And I don’t think you’re a bad parent either.
it’s because I believe you when you tell me what it’s been like at home and I know - it isn’t just you.
And when I smile and invite your kid into session and we start talking about the hilarious shenanigans on the playground that happened earlier that day or we explore the nuances of [insert current must-have-or-no-one-will-be-my-friend-item/video game/app here]…
I’m really listening and I’m genuinely interested. Even on their toughest days - I already think your kid is awesome and that they are fighting to show their best selves.
Frequently Asked Questions…
What is your favorite color?
I have two - orange & pink.
What’s your favorite book?
Harry Potter series.
Okay, then what House are you in?
Probably either Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. Unfortunately, I haven’t come across a sorting hat recently to find out for sure.
Do you have any kids?
Yup - 1 feisty toddler!
Do you really play videogames?
Why did you decide to be a therapist?
It’s sort of a long story but it all started when a cat fell from the balcony above my condo. No, really! (You can ask me when we meet.)
Also, I’ve always loved working with kids - they have all the best ideas.
Our brains are amazing and fascinating. Did you know that therapy actually changes your brain?!? Whaaaaat? I know! Awesome.
The Nitty-Gritty Details
THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
Play Therapy Certificate
B.A., Psychology, Minor in Sociology
The American Counseling Association
The Association for Play Therapy
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Maryland, LC4646
Registered Play Therapist*
*This means that I have completed over 100 hours of Play Therapy training and spent at least 50 hours with a RPT Supervisor to discuss over 500 hours of Play Therapy sessions!
I’m not just casually interested in Play Therapy - I’m passionate, invested and highly educated.