Facilitating human connection | Counseling psychology with Dr. Laura Kasper

Psych Mic

Jan 20 2022 • 1 hr 28 mins

Laura B. Kasper, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and has been practicing psychotherapy for over 18 years. She has experience working with a diverse group of clients with respect to presenting concerns, gender, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity.  Regardless of their background, the majority of her clients are highly intelligent and accomplished people who are interested in taking their personal and professional relationships to the next level. Her therapeutic approach blends her first-hand experience of the high-performing professional workplace with buddhist psychology and tools to offer support that is unrelentingly compassionate, direct, and powerful.

In addition to her private practice, she is currently Adjunct Clinical Assistant Faculty at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also a small-group facilitator for Stanford Business School’s renowned emotional and relational intelligence course Interpersonal Dynamics.  She has been an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of California San Francisco, and The George Washington University. Prior to becoming a psychologist, she worked as a management consultant at Accenture in the health care industry.

Laura received her Bachelor's from Penn State in Interpersonal Communication and her PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland.

We talked about...

  • how one goes about figuring out if they’re suited for clinical work and what Laura did to figure it out
  • how she chose a counseling program over a clinical one, and a PhD over a PsyD
  • how she stood out as an applicant and what kinds of things you can do to stand out yourself
  • the process by which you develop your individual style in graduate school
  • how to deal with insecurities around doing therapy in front of peers and faculty -- and do these insecurities go away?
  • private practice - things Laura wishes she knew before starting one and important things to consider before you make that leap
  • how Laura developed this niche of working with founders and high achievers
  • and so much more!

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Music by: Adam Fine