Lynn DeLaurentis is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has been working in the mental health field for the past 9 years, with an initial focus on biofeedback and stress management. She currently helps children, adolescents, adults, and couples who struggle with headaches, anger management, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, BFRBs (Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors such as skin-picking, hair pulling & nail biting), grief, loss, life transitions, marriage, parent-child relationship issues and trauma.
Anger management sessions teach the skills necessary to stay calm and focused in the moment. When anger arises, logical thinking (in the frontal lobe of the brain) goes off-line and the amygdala (emotional control center of the brain) takes over. Individuals are then gearing up for the ‘fight/flight/freeze’ response. Anger is a part of the fighting response, and is actually a secondary emotion that is often fueled by fear, insecurity or past hurts. Until the individual calms down, one is unable to think clearly.
Learning coping skills, triggers, and what fuels the anger are key ingredients to anger management. Sessions include biofeedback that helps individuals recognize and see the physiological changes that accompany anger and its counterpart, relaxation. Through integrated sessions, individuals are able to learn how to stay calm and in control of their emotions despite circumstances. These skills help individuals to stay focused on the current situation and find resolutions without losing control.
Biofeedback is the process of recognizing what is going on inside your body in order to create positive change. For example, anxiety is accompanied by shortness of breath, holding of breath, or shallow breathing. Using modern technology, the client can easily see how they are breathing, learn how to change it, and see the progress of this learning. Headache sufferers, migraine or tension, can determine the underlying physiological precursors/triggers and learn how to modify them to decrease the intensity, duration, and frequency of headaches. Sweaty palms, often a symptom of nervousness can also be quantified and clients taught skills to dry their palms quickly and easily.
From a 12 year-old client, “I noticed my palms were getting clammy and I used the skills you taught me and they dried right up.”
From a 38 year-old migraine sufferer, “I have gone from debilitating headaches 3-4 days a week with monthly trips to the emergency room to only a few headaches a month that I can usually work through and have had no emergency room visits in over a year.”
Lynn brings experience from working with an international, integrative naturopath for 10 years, where she developed expertise in how all aspects of daily living impact the brain and the body. She has extensive training in nutrition and myofascial trigger point release that lends itself to understanding how the physiological complexities of the human body are integral to mental well-being and homeostasis.
Lynn received a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Sciences from Stockton University while working at the family heating & air business. While taking time off to raise her children, she was actively involved in youth ministries, home schooling and several short-term missions trips to Jamaica. After an uphill battle with fibromyalgia, Lynn chose to receive training first in what helped heal her, biofeedback and nutrition. Then she continued her education, pursuing her passion for helping others with a graduate degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
Lynn is a lifelong learner, enjoying the opportunity to learn new skills and increase her knowledge base in current areas of work. She averages 30+ hours of continuing education each year covering a variety of topics in neurofeedback, biofeedback, eating disorders, trauma, mindfulness and related counseling topics.
Lynn is a volunteer EMT with Evesham Fire-Rescue and active member of the National Canoe Safety Patrol on the Upper Delaware through the National Park Service. She enjoys white-water kayaking, hiking, nature, gardening, baking, reading, prayer, and spending time with friends and family, including two grandchildren.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain”…and celebrate the rainbow when the sun does shine. -Vivian Greene/ Lynn DeLaurentis