As a counselor, professor, social worker, speaker, and writer, Dr. Laurel Shaler’s goal is to live out the words of Isaiah 61:1-3…To proclaim good news to the poor, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, to release prisoners from darkness, to comfort all who mourn, and to bestow joy! Why? Because at the age of 18, Laurel experienced a life changing event when it was discovered that she had a 14 pound ovarian cyst that needed to be removed before it ruptured and killed her. Realizing that we must anchor all our emotions to God, her desire is to help others work through their own challenging experiences and grow in all areas of their lives, including faith.
In order to help others in this way, Laurel earned her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University (and is a Licensed Social Worker) and earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University (and is a National Certified Counselor). She has provided psychotherapy services to hundreds in need, many of whom were veterans of the United States Armed Forces. She is now an Associate Professor, Department Chair, and Program Director at Liberty University. She is a member of numerous counseling and social work organizations such as the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, and the North American Association of Christian Social Workers.
In addition to other professional interests, Laurel speaks and writes on the intersection of faith, culture, and emotional well-being, including women’s issues; mental illness and the church; topics related to the military/veteran population; trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder; and issues related to adoption and infertility. She also customizes talks for groups related to emotional and spiritual health. You can learn more by visiting her “speaking” page.
Laurel has been published professionally and in the well-known Extraordinary Women, P31 Woman, and Lifeway’s Journey Magazines. In addition to maintaining her own blog, she has written for the American Association of Christian Counselors and “Coffee Break” (out of Thomas Road Baptist Church). She has also been a contributor for Believe.com, the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, To Save a Life, Bound4Life, and For Every Mom. You can learn more by visiting her “books & articles” page.
Laurel’s first trade book “Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Events” was released by David C. Cook on June 1st, 2017! Go to “Reclaiming Sanity” for more!
Here’s what others are saying about Laurel:
“Dr. Laurel Shaler is a bright, knowledgeable, vivacious, and experienced counselor, speaker, and writer. I have seen her in a number of diverse venues, always amazed by her deep experience and intellect wrapped in a refreshing package of compassion for others.” ~Major General Bob Dees, U.S. Army, Retired
“I appreciate Dr. Shaler’s passion for empowering women to seek professional support for their mental and emotional health while encouraging them to incorporate spiritual health as an essential part of the process.” ~Brenda Sites, MSW, Missouri Safe at Home Program Manager
“Laurel has blessed the members of North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) numerous times over the past several years as a convention workshop presenter and devotional leader. She brings her rich understanding of faith to illumine a number of topics and issues of interest to Christians in social work and related helping professions.” ~Dr. Chamiec-Case, Executive Director, North American Association of Christians in Social Work
Laurel and her beloved husband, Nick, live in the South, and enjoy spending time family and friends. They are excited to be adopting! You can learn more about their adoption journey HERE. Laurel also enjoys being involved in church activities & ministries, keeping up with political & world news, and volunteering with local organizations.
You can learn more about Laurel’s professional work through the “professional” page.
Note: I agree with Southern Baptist Convention “Baptist Faith & Message” (2000).
Disclaimer: Any opinions expressed on this page belong solely to Dr. Laurel Shaler, and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization she is affiliated with.