Laura Lewis graduated from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio in 1999 with her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Theology. In June 2010, she received her Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University. Laura is a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) independently licensed by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Family & Marriage Therapist Board (License #E.1000102SUPV). She is the full-time Assistant Director of the Suicide Prevention Program at The Ohio State University where she coordinates a campus wide comprehensive program designed to educate and train students, staff, and faculty in suicide prevention education, outreach, and advocacy.
Laura and her husband Dr. Michael Lewis, LPCC-S own Veritas Counseling & Consultation (veritascounseling.org), a clinical counseling private practice in Upper Arlington, Ohio where she specializes in individual therapy with adolescents, adults and couples. Laura also provides clinical supervision to Licensed Professional Counselors working toward independent status. As a mental health consultant, she also regularly presents local and national workshops and trainings on a variety of mental/emotional/behavioral health topics such as trends in adolescent mental health, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide, generational characteristics, emerging young adult issues, and others to parents, educators, clergy, schools, and churches. In addition, Laura is also the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Columbus where she works with victims/survivors of clergy sexual misconduct and manages the victim assistance program.
Previous to her counseling career, Laura worked as a church youth minster for over twelve years where she designed and implemented comprehensive church youth ministry programs for middle and high school adolescents and families. She has an extensive background in creating large scale educational youth programs at both local and national levels, as well as educating clergy, youth/young adult ministers, school staff and faculty on how to care of the mental and emotional well-being of young people.
Laura really enjoys opportunities to educate and inspire others to live holistically, and to integrate spirituality and religion into mental and emotional wellness to promote healthy, balanced living. Her clinical and research interests include holistic wellness, spirituality/religion in counseling, suicide prevention, empathy development, and emerging young adult/college transitional issues. She holds professional memberships with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA). Laura is the chair of the OCA Executive Council Leadership Committee (2018-present) and past president of the Central Ohio Counseling Association (2016-2017).
In her free time, Laura enjoys exercising, playing indoor/outdoor volleyball, long-distance running, yoga, traveling, cooking, volunteering in her local community, spending time with her cat Simon, and cheering on the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, and The Ohio State Buckeyes.