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About Laura Shapiro, PhD

Dr. Shapiro is a clinical psychologist with advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), with a focus on treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Additionally, she has specialized training in evidenced-based treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Shapiro has trained at Bellevue Hospital Center, Jacobi Medical Center, and the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, providing individual and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families in inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment settings. Additionally, Dr. Shapiro completed clinical training on an inpatient detox unit and provided short-term psychotherapy with adults with substance abuse and co-occurring psychiatric conditions. She is interested in the impact of childhood and adult-onset trauma on substance abuse, emotion regulation difficulties, and interpersonal problems.

What Is Your Body Telling You

Recent events have brought the impact of trauma, whether it be from natural disasters or sexual assault, to the forefront of many people’s minds. Unfortunately, the content of the news can trigger trauma memories for many people. Sometimes the trigger and memory are clear (e.g., if I have been raped, watching women talk about being