Laura N. Cobb

Laura Nell Cobb is a licensed independent clinical social worker who received her master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work and completed her clinical internship at the University of New Mexico’s Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. Before becoming Interim Director of Counseling at Ross University School of Medicine, Laura worked in hospitals and public school systems treating emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents. She gained experience treating young adults as a mental health intervention specialist for the United States Air Force in Spangdahlem, Germany. Laura’s theoretical orientation is grounded in classical social work theory and the belief that mental health is fundamentally shaped by the confluence of biology and experience. Her therapeutic approach cultivates insight and self-acceptance via self-actualizing practices and interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. Having lived and worked abroad for 11 years, Laura has advanced professional experience working with culturally diverse populations and is particularly interested in how environment and culture inform mental health and well-being. Laura has been recognized with an Award of Excellence from the United States Air Force for her clinical work regarding prevention of domestic violence and child abuse. She was a participant in a pilot program with the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Schools in which context she helped bring school-based mental health and medical clinics to impoverished communities. She also served as founding chair of the Committee on AIDS at the University of Houston. Laura has received many accolades in the art world as an accomplished commercial artist and more recently as an abstract painter appearing in the Albuquerque Museum of Art as well as many local, regional and international shows.