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Fun Fact:
I’m obsessed with sharks.

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Drag name:
Tiburon Fuentes
(Fountain Shark)

FavoriteConcert: 
Find me in an intimate space in the back corner enjoying an unplugged,
eclectic band.

Best Memory:
Renting a moped and driving down the Almafi coast for a day, stopping in small beach
towns, eating fresh seafood, and ending the day sunkissed under the stars of Southern Italy.

My name is Laurie Pettis and I am a Licensed Master’s Social Worker. I began working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking in 2011 when I moved to China for a year. Then, I continued that work in Houston in 2017, which led me to graduate school for social work in 2019. After graduating in 2021, I have worked with both male, female, and LGBTQIA+ individuals recovering from substance use and other mental health disorders. I have worked with clients who have personality disorders, mood disorders, and PTSD or emotional/sexual/religious trauma. One thing that I’ve learned the most is that there is a balance in acceptance, surrender, exposure, processing, and commitment to change. I would like to continue to expand my experience and practice, and typically focus on root causes and trauma. I am most comfortable working with populations between the ages of 16-50 years old who are ready for a change by dealing with their trauma, engaging in increased self awareness, and/or enhancing relationships with themselves and others.
 

I strive to create a safe therapeutic environment for my clients to engage in discovering how their experiences have shaped their individuality. I often work through a trauma lens and often find myself seeking to enhance advocacy for self and others. I typically feel most comfortable using the modalities of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My approach includes a willingness to learn, grow, and assert change in the clinical setting.

 

My ideal client is one who may have experienced stressful events within their lifetime, willing to show up and engage in a timeline or exposure therapy to the stressful experience. I often feel the most connected with client’s who have experienced religious trauma or are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community or those who seek justice through their career or personal life. I am open to clients of all gender identities, sexualities, ethnicities, races, and religions.

 

I have been educated at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, and graduated in 2021. I have studied trauma and complex for many years, and recently became certified in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. My graduate degree provided extensive knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Nugget of Wisdom:

Never work harder than the person you are working with, but meet them where they are and work just as hard as they do.