Dr. Manuppelli was born and raised right here in San Antonio and is a graduate of Alamo Heights High School. After high school, she went to Sewanee, TN for college and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in psychology from the University of the South. During her undergraduate studies at Sewanee, she trained under a professor who was a student of B.F. Skinner, and she was therefore taught early on in methods of Behaviorism, a branch of Psychology that later led to the understanding of Cognitive Behavioral Techniques. To this day, research shows the utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Techniques is essential for treating anxiety and depression. Dr. Manuppelli extensively draws upon the philosophical foundations of a multitude of diverse models including Positive Psychology, Mindful Psychology, and Neuroelasticity.
Dr. Manuppelli subsequently attained two graduate degrees: A Masters in Clinical Psychology in 1985 and a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2000. She has completed all 3 levels of John Gottman Training and is currently pursuing certification as a Gottman-trained psychotherapist (John Gottman’s model and techniques are considered to be the state of the art approach of present day couples and marital counseling). Dr. Manuppelli holds two licensures under the Texas State Boards of Examiners in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.
About Dr. Manuppelli
The practice of psychotherapy requires the establishment of a nurturing, compassionate, and healing relationship in the interest of pursuing personal growth and wellness for my clients. I utilize a very interactive approach to help navigate improvement in the lives of others. Much of this interactive approach involves teaching my clients why they feel like they do, and then developing strategies for improving their lives and their relationships. I work with children, adolescents, and adults in a wide spectrum of life circumstances and conditions. My miniature dachshunds are usually on site to facilitate a warm and inviting atmosphere that is enveloped by a beautiful and private courtyard. You will find dedication to your emotional well being and problem solving endeavors in a comfortable, home like environment filled with kindness, understanding, and laughter. The understanding, therapeutic relationship I develop with my clients is the essence of my care, because to be known and understood are the basis for healing and connection in the world.
Since 1985, Dr. Manuppelli has worked in several psychiatric hospitals in both clinical and administrative positions. In addition to providing in-patient psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults, she researched, developed, and directed an in-home psychiatric program that provided comprehensive therapy services and case-management for families within their own home environments. She also researched, developed, and directed an Office of Patient Advocacy to protect patient rights in treatment facilities.
Since 1985, Dr. Manuppelli acquired many years of experience in various Out-Patient practices. In 2000 she decided to branch out on her own. Dr. Manuppelli’s practice of psychotherapy is run privately by herself. She incorporates dog assisted therapy with the help of her miniature dachshunds who contribute to the warm therapeutic environment. Research has shown that the presence of dogs in therapeutic environments helps to soothe emotions and contributes to feelings of safety and security when addressing difficult issues. In Dr. Manuppelli’s office, clients report feeling at ease with the calming atmosphere and have a sense of security knowing they are in the hands of a helping, knowledgeable, and experienced professional.
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Dr. Manuppelli is Educated and Trained In:
Psychotherapy and Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
Therapy for: Children Adolescents, and Adults
Some of Dr. Manuppelli’s Areas of Expertise Include Treatment of:
Attention Deficit Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Grief and Loss Issues
Gay and Lesbian Issues
Practice of Psychotherapy
5150 Broadway . Ste464 . San Antonio, Texas 78209
Phone: 210.824.6884 . Fax: 210.826.7882
Laura Manuppelli, Ph.D, L.P.C., L.M.F.T.
Practice of Psychotherapy