Laurie Baldwin, Ph.D.


A class of ’86 Aggie, Dr. Laurie Baldwin earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston in 1994 and started her private practice in the Bellaire area in 1995. She works with teens and adults of all ages who are having a hard time in some way, either within themselves or within relationships. She uses her talent of connecting with people, her training as a cognitive-behavioral psychologist, her gift of gab, and her willingness to be creative when visualizing how to help her clients get unstuck. Laurie gives her clients a fresh perspective
and provides a nonjudgmental and supportive environment in which to explore and discuss options and to think about different ways of approaching problem areas. She listens, and gives advice, makes suggestions, imparts information, and tells stories, knowing that through the process of psychotherapy, her clients will get what they need to make their lives and relationships better.

As a child, Laurie had a horse named Sunny. She always maintained that upon graduation from Texas A & M, she wanted three things: a washer, a dryer, and a horse. The washer and dryer came fairly easily. For her 40th birthday, Laurie got herself a red dun horse named Penny, and that relationship has led her to seek training in the field of equine assisted learning and psychotherapy through two organizations:  EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) and Natural Lifemanship.  All work with horses is done on the ground and involves developing a healthy relationship with a horse by being clear about intentions, using clear communication, making reasonable requests and following through with the appropriate amount of energy or pressure.  When emotional regulation and problem solving skills are taught, horses are great partners who offer genuine feedback about how it’s going and the opportunity to try again if another try is needed.  This learning, which is powerful and intense, takes place in the safe and supportive environment created by Laurie, and her partner, Tom, at their 7.27 acre property called Red Dun Ranch, located within Houston’s city limits.

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