Dr. Laurean Botrus is a current post-doctoral resident at the Center for Integrated Behavioral Health. She is working towards licensure as a Psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University. Dr. Botrus completed her predoctoral internship in Health Services Psychology at the Erie VA Medical Center. There, she trained as a member of the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program and the PTSD Clinical Team using evidence based therapies to assist Veterans in working through anxiety, trauma and mood related problems. Dr. Botrus also provided short term, solution-focused behavioral health intervention within Primary Care at the Erie VAMC. She conducted outpatient cognitive evaluations as well as provided care to aging Veterans residing in the Community Living Center.
As a practicum student, Dr. Botrus received diverse training experiences in different behavioral health settings throughout eastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Botrus worked with women experiencing behavioral health issues within the context of reproductive traumas such as infertility, traumatic labors, and neonatal death at Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Health in Philadelphia. Dr. Botrus was trained in the administration and scoring of various neuropsychological assessments at the Lehigh Valley Physician Group – Neurology in Allentown. She also provided group and individual treatment of sexual offending behavior in adolescents at Pennsylvania Forensic Associates/Safe Guards Foster Care in Reading. She provided general mental health services to individuals and families at Psychological Services Center, and to college students at the Counseling and Student Development Centers at Marywood University in Scranton.
Dr. Botrus is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression and anxiety, and received training and consultation in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. She is trained in Prolonged Exposure and Present Centered Therapy for the treatment of PTSD. She provided group Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for the treatment of Depression. Mindfulness is a practice that Dr. Botrus values in treatment and in personal life as it cultivates wisdom and creates space for acceptance of challenging experiences.
Authenticity, compassion and collaboration are forefront in Dr. Botrus’ approach to the use of empirically supported interventions in therapy. Dr. Botrus hopes to continue working with adults who experienced trauma, anxiety and mood related concerns, as well learning about the bidirectional influence of acute and chronic physical conditions and mental health. She is committed to helping the individual to build awareness of the context of stressors, and to change unhelpful patterns of engagement with difficult thoughts, emotions and physical experiences.