Laura Knowles, Ph.D

About Laura


Howdy,


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in both Plano and Denton, Texas.  I  completed my Bachelors of Business Administration at Texas A & M University before a short career in Advertising.  I quickly realized my desire to help others was too great to be relegated to a weekend volunteer activity.  Thus, I returned to school and sought her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston – Victoria.  I completed my Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Experimental psychology from the University of North Texas, where I gained specialized training in Couples Counseling, Developmental Psychology, Scientific Research, and Women’s Issues.  My dissertation investigated cognitive symptoms of PTSD and sexualized views of self in female survivors of sexual abuse. 


I am currently an Associate Professor at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Presently, I am teaching a graduate course in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to future professional mental health clinicians and school  In addition to my teaching experience at University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Collin College, I have worked/trained in the various testing, counseling and student advising settings listed below:


Mind for Life: Brain Center

UNT Psychology Department Degree Plan Counselor

UNT Psychology Clinic

UNT Counseling & Testing Center

Denton County Friends of the Family – Survivor’s Advocacy Team

Denton County Juvenile Detention Center

UNT Substance Abuse Resource Center - Graduate Educator

Carswell Women’s Federal Medical Prison

UNT Ally - LGBT Advocate

Dallas Metrocare Services (formerly Dallas County MHMR)

Cook Children’s Hospital – Life After Cancer Program

UH-Victoria School of Business Degree Plan Counselor


I am a member of Texas Counseling Association, the National Humane Education Society, and am a Pet Partner (formerly Delta Society).

Texas licensing regulation requires each Licensed Professional Counselor Applicant pass a test and complete an internship after they graduate with their degree in counseling or a related field.  Although I completed my M.A. in Counseling in 2006, I am just now beginning the required internship under the supervision of an LPC-S.  While most recent graduates jump straight into their internships, I instead attended the University of North Texas and continued taking courses in Marriage and Family Therapy, Couples Counseling, Sex Therapy, Women's Emotional Health, and Animal Assisted Therapy while gaining an additional four years' clinical experience and supervision at the UNT Student Counseling Center and the Psychology Clinic. 

With my dissertation now complete, I am currently working on the internship portion of my licensing requirement as an LPC Intern under the supervision of Michael Devine, LPC-S. Mike is an excellent therapist and former UNT classmate who has been practicing in Dallas for the last four years. Mike's first book "Failure to Launch," published by Jason Aronson Publishing with contributions by Dr. Lawerence Tucker, will be available in June 2013.
Texas licensing regulation requires each Licensed Professional Counselor Applicant pass a test and complete an internship after they graduate with their degree in counseling or a related field.  Although I completed my M.A. in Counseling in 2006, I am just now beginning the required internship under the supervision of an LPC-S.  While most recent graduates jump straight into their internships, I instead attended the University of North Texas and continued taking courses in Marriage and Family Therapy, Couples Counseling, Sex Therapy, Women's Emotional Health, and Animal Assisted Therapy while gaining an additional four years' clinical experience and supervision at the UNT Student Counseling Center and the Psychology Clinic. 

With my dissertation now complete, I am currently working on the internship portion of my licensing requirement as an LPC Intern under the supervision of Michael Devine, LPC-S. Mike is an excellent therapist and former UNT classmate who has been practicing in Dallas for the last four years. Mike's first book "Failure to Launch," published by Jason Aronson Publishing with contributions by Dr. Lawerence Tucker, will be available in June 2013.
To view my curriculum vita (fancy word for academic resume) please click the link below.  It lists details about my academic achievements and work experience.