Laura Orsatti Weissflog is a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist practicing as a psychotherapist and counselor working with individuals, couples & families, and maintains a private practice in Chester Springs (Village of Eagle), PA.
With over 16 plus years of experience as a therapist, and as a graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Psychiatric Master's program, Laura obtained specialized training in Family Systems theory and additional coursework in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Laura incorporates various theoretical models into her work with clients. Although Laura welcomes clients experiencing a variety of symptoms, she approaches each client individually and empathically.
Through her most recent trainings focused on trauma and stress-related events, Laura engages with each client through a more holistic lens. With at least 25% of the population having experienced some type of traumatic event, and by the age of 45 most have had such an experience(s), sensitivity toward each client is paramount. Among her areas of expertise are trauma, stress, anxiety, panic, and depression. Clients presenting with physical health issues, most likely have experienced some ongoing stressful experiences or a single or multiple stressful events that are contributing to their body's response. Laura will work with each of her clients incorporating various mindfulness and grounding techniques to assist with increasing their capacity for tolerance and to promote healing.
Laura is a trauma-informed therapist and has recently completed a three-year training program to become a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner (SEP). This training is based upon the work of Peter Levine, the author of Waking the Tiger and Freedom from Pain, among other trauma-related works. Learn more about this type of trauma treatment traumahealing.org/about-us/#about Laura also completed a three-day Level 1 training in a highly successful trauma-focused intervention called Brainspotting ™ developed by David Grand, PhD. Please read a helpful description about this technique: https://brainspotting.pro/page/what-brainspotting
Laura is very open, approachable, and non-judgemental. She takes a real and very interactive approach to helping her clients look at their situations, and explore where they might be able to make changes toward increasing their happiness and having the kind of life and relationships they've always wanted. Laura's training as a nurse practitioner and psychotherapist have prepared her to provide additional education to her clients so that they will have a better understanding of their current situation and why they may be experiencing difficulties. A brief look at a client's family history and life experiences will provide necessary insight to better understand a person's patterns or behaviors. Laura listens with complete attention, using an open and honest approach that her clients say allow for them to find her very easy to talk to and share just about anything.
Somatic Experiencing® (Levine)
Begining Level 1,2,3
Intermediate Level 1,2,3
Advanced Level 1,2
EMDR & Attachment-Focused EMDR™(Curran/Parnell)
Brainspotting ™ Level 1 (Grande)
PREPARE/ENRICH© Facilitator (Pre-marital/Marital)
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (Foa)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Beck)
· Weissflog, LO. Post-traumatic stress disorder: understanding through better understanding of symptoms. ADVANCE for Nurses. http://nursing.advanceweb.com/Continuing-Education/CE-Articles/Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder.aspx
· Williams, MT, Davis, D, Powers, MB, Weissflog LO. Current Trends in Prescribing Medications for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Best Practices and New Research. Directions in Psychiatry 01/2014; 34(4):247-261.
Professional Activities and Memberships
American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
Past President 2007-2009 Southeastern PA Chapter APNA
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Xi chapter
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Psychiatric CRNP MSN program clinical practicum instructor (2010-2018)
Villanova University School of Nursing BSN Psychiatric rotation clinical instructor (2017)
License, Certifications & Awards
Nationally Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist: Child & Adolescent
Board Eligible Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Pennsylvania Licensed Family Psychiatric Nurse Practioner
Pennsylvania Licensed Registered Nurse
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Practitioner: Family Psychiatric focus-University of South Alabama-2004
Masters of Science Nursing: Advanced Practice Clinical Specialist-Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Child & Adolescent Focus-University of Pennsylvania-2002
Bachelors of Science Nursing: Immaculata College-1998
Associates of Science Nursing: Gwynedd-Mercy College-1987