Laura L. Wood

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    Molloy College offers students a highly individualized approach. I love that I get so much time to work in small class sizes and in one-on-one mentorship with our graduate clinical mental health counseling students. The openness and support of the Molloy community invigorates me to think creatively and passionately in service of the students in their growth and development becoming mental health counselors.

  • Academic Interests

    I am passionate about clinical work. Specifically I enjoy teaching and supervising students to grow as present, attuned, and embodied clinicians that listen deeply. I specialize in treating trauma and dissociation, eating disorders, attachment issues, women's issues, terminally ill and seriously ill children, and those experiencing grief and loss. I specialize in using creativity in counseling and I am also a Registered Drama Therapist. I enjoy practice, research, and teaching in all of these areas!

  • What I am working on

    Currently I am working on my model and research regarding the use of therapeutic theater to support clients with eating disorders and addictions in the recovery process after intensive treatment. I am the incoming President-Elect for the North American Drama Therapy Association and looking forward to continuing to develop the organization. In addition to being full time faculty for the CMHC department I am also the Clinical Coordinator for the practicum and internship experience for our students. I have enjoyed making connections in Long Island to better serve the mental health issues that face the community and helping our students to do the same.

  • Educational Philosophy

    To inspire each student to think critically about the material that is being taught. To not only provide outstanding education that is presented in a manner that is creative, engaging and digestible, but to also mirror and reflect to each student their unique capacities and gifts and help them unfold into the scholar and practitioner they want to embody.

  • Educational Background
    • University of Missouri: Saint Louis, Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Counselor Education
    • New York University, Master of Art in Drama Therapy
    • Marymount Manhattan College, Bachelor of Arts in Theater
  • Additional Information

    Favorite Books:

    • Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    • Love's Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom
    • Our Town by Thorton Wilder
    • The Gift, by Hafiz with translations by Daniel Ladinsky
    • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    • Maus I: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
    • Feed by M.T. Anderson
    • 1984 by George Orwell
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane  Austin
  • Publications/Presentations

    Publications:
    Young, J. & Wood, L.L. (2018-forthcoming). Laban: A guide figure between dance movement therapy and drama therapy. The Arts In Psychotherapy.

    Wood, L.L. (2015) Eating Disorder as Protector: The Use of Internal Family Systems and Drama Therapy to Treat Eating Disorders in Creative Arts Therapies in Eating Disorders. Ed. Annie Hershifelt. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, England.  

    Wood, L.L (2015). Building Response Flexibility in Clients with Eating Disorders Through Embodying Their Addiction and Improvisation. The Drama Scope (on-line)

    Wood,L.L. (2014) Setting the Stage for Self Attunement: Drama Therapy as a Guide for Neural Integration in the Treatment of Eating Disorders. The Drama Therapy Review 1(1) 55-70.

    Villanueva, M,  Twain, D, & Wood, L.L. (2010). ASL: A Visual Language in Language in the Real World. Routledge, New York City, NY.

    Presentations:
    Wood, L.L. (2017). Re-shaping body image: Tape sculptures as arts-based social justice. Los Angeles Healing Arts Conference. Los Angeles, California.

    Wood, L.L., Nadrich, T., Bustamante, D., Beauregard, M. (2017). Keynote Address: Honoring multi-cultural narratives with our students and our communities. Western Suffolk Spring Conference for Long Island Counselors. Melville, New York.

    Wood, L.L. (2017). The use of drama therapy and therapeutic theater in supporting eating disorder recovery. NEDA Awareness Week Lecture Series. Manhattan, New York.

    Wood, L.L. (2016). Creative techniques for clients with trauma and eating disorders. Long Island New York Mental Health Counseling Association. Long Island, New York.

    Bechdel, A., Teoli, L. & Wood, L.L.(2016). Re-shaping body image: Tape sculptures as arts-based social justice. Expressive Therapy Summit. NYC.

    Wood, L.L. (2016). Recovery through performance: The Co-Active Therapeutic Theater Model. The North American Drama Therapy Association National Conference. Seattle, WA.

    Wood, L.L. & Stevens, A.(2016). Mentorship under the big umbrella. The North American Drama Therapy Association National Conference. Seattle, WA.

    Butler, J.& Wood, L.L. (2016) Principles of drama therapy. The North American Drama Therapy Association, National Conference. Seattle, WA.

    Wood, L.L. (2016). The use of embodied acting exercises to support counseling students in their micro counseling skills, Creative Teaching Conference. Molloy College, NY  

    Wood, L.L. & Kestemberg, L.B. (2016). Affirming counselor identity through an interdisciplinary collaboration: The journey of a new program. North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Educators conference. Syracuse, NY.

    Wood, L.L., McAndrews, L. & Glickman, B. (2016). Will to meaning: Building an existential song tool kit to support the exploration of core concepts in existential counseling. New York Mental Health Counseling Association Conference. Albany, NY.

    Wood, L.L. (2015). The use of therapeutic theater in supporting clients in eating disorder recovery. Faculty Research Day.  Molloy College, NY

    Butler, J. & Wood, L.L. (2015). Principles of drama therapy. The North American Drama Therapy Association National Conference. White Plains, NY.

    Wood, L.L. (2015). Using embodied techniques to treat rigidity and chaos in clients with eating disorders. The Highlands Providers Conference. Birmingham, Alabama.

    Wood, L.L. (2014). Embodying the dis-embodied: Drama therapy techniques for clients with eating disorders. International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Conference. Dallas, Texas.

    Glazer, A. & Wood, L.L. (2014) Getting Results! Embodied techniques for working with clients with addictions. The Caron Center. New York City, New York

    Wood, L.L. (2014). Drama therapy interventions for every stage in eating disorder treatment. North American Drama Therapy Association National Conference. Yosemite, California.

    Wood, L.L. (2014). Exploring family legacy burdens through action methods and drama therapy. Lifestyles Intervention Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Wood, L.L. (2014). The use of expressive action oriented techniques to treat eating disorders. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders National Conference. Chicago, Illinois.

    Wood, L.L. & Perlmutter, K. (2014). Chaotic connections: Making sense of counter transference experiences when working with complex clients and their families. The Mind Therapy Clinic. San Jose, California.

    Wood, L.L. (2014). Expressive therapy with clients with eating disorder. Monarch Cove Treatment Center Provider Conference. Pacific Grove, California.

    Wood, L.L. (2014). The emBODY compassion project: Facilitating the discovery and practice of compassion. North American Drama Therapy Association Central Region Conference. Saint Louis, Missouri.

    Galperin, L. & Wood, L.L. (2014). Drama therapy for clients with eating disorders  Love, Relationships and Attachment in the Treatment of Eating Disorders Workshop San Francisco, California.

    Trytan, N. & Wood, L.L. (2013). Principles of Drama Therapy. North American Drama Therapy Association National Conference. Montreal, Canada.

    Wood, L. L. (2013). Internal Family Systems, eating disorders and expressive techniques. Balance Treatment Center for Eating Disorders Weekend Workshop. New York City, NY 

    Wood, L.L. (2013) Castlewood Preferred Providers Conference. Saint Louis, Missouri. Drama Therapy Techniques for Eating Disorders and Addictions

    Wood, L.L. (2012). Embodying the disembodied: The use of drama therapy to treat eating disorders. North American Drama Therapy Association National Conference. New Haven, Connecticut.

    McGuinty, E. & Wood, L.L. Eating disorders: Treatment at every stage of care. Preferred Provider Conference for Eating Disorder Treatment. Ballwin, MO.

    Wood, L.L. (2012). The use of drama therapy to treat trauma and eating disorders.  New Innovations in Eating Disorders Workshop. Orlando, Florida.

    Wood, L.L. (2012). Expressive therapy techniques for treating clients with eating disorders and addictions. Eating Disorders and Addictions Provider Conference. San Diego, California.

    Galperin, L. & Wood, L.L. (2012). Expressive formats and the treatment of trauma. The Treatment of Complex Trauma with Bessel Van Der Kolk and Christine Courtois.  Monterey, California.

    Wood, L.L. (2012). Treating eating disorders with drama therapy. Nosh and Network Lecture Series. Columbia, Missouri.

    Galperin, L. & Wood, L.L. (2012). Love, Passion and Intimacy in Men and Women.  Intimacy, Sexuality and Relationships Conference. San Francisco, California.

    Wood, L.L. (2012). Drama therapy to facilitate attachment and attunement. North American Drama Therapy Association Central Region Conference. Saint Louis, Missouri.  

    Schwartz, M. & Wood, L.L. (2011). Eating Disorders and Attachment Trauma. International Society for Trauma and Dissociation National Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.  

    Schwartz, M., Gaplerin, L., Wood, L.L.,& Rechteen, M. (2011). Understanding Eating Disorders and Attachment Trauma. Internal Family Systems Annual Conference. Providence Town, Roahd Island.

    Additionally guest classes given at: University of Missouri Saint Louis, Maryville College, Central End Middle School

    Invited Presentations/Lectures

    Wood, L.L. (2016). PTSD, DID, and Treatment Considerations. General Psychology class, Molloy College, NY.

    Wood, L.L. (2016). Improvisation and Drama Therapy with Addictions. Introduction to Drama Therapy, New York University, NY.

    Kestemberg, L.B., Wood, L.L.(2016). Embracing a Wellness Perspective as a New Health Professional. Speech Language Pathology Colloquium, Molloy College, NY.

    Wood, L.L. (2016). Panel member for: Coping with trauma in the wake of community violence. Oceanside Library Lecture Series, Oceanside, NY.

    Wood, L.L. (2016). What is Clinical Mental Health Counseling? General Psychology class, Molloy College, NY.

    Wood, L.L. (2016). Attachment Styles and Strategies. General Psychology class, Molloy College, NY.

    Wood, L.L. (2016). Drama Therapy for Group Counseling. Music Therapy for Group Counseling. Molloy College, NY.

    Wood, L.L.(2016). Embodied Exercises to Support Counseling Skills. Music Therapy Colloquium. Molloy College, NY.

    Wood, L.L. (2015). Creative Strategies for Practicum. Counseling Practicum, University of Missouri, Saint Louis.

    Wood, L.L. (2013). Preferred Provider Lecture Circuit (New York, Minnesota, Missouri, Florida, California): Drama Therapy as Means of Understanding Eating Disorders.