Laurie Mowry-Hesler, MA, ATR-BC, MFT

Laurie Mowry-Hesler is a Resident Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia as well as a Registered Board Certified Art Therapist. Mrs. Hesler received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Elementary and Secondary Art Education from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, in 1981 and her Masters of Art Therapy from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in 1985. She also is a Licensed MFT in California.

Her clinical focus is working with children with developmental concerns as well as families and marriages. She has extensive experience working with children diagnosed with a wide variety of difficulties in both therapeutic and educational settings. She utilizes her background in Art Therapy when working with children who have been non-responsive to more traditional verbal therapy. Many of the children fall within the spectrum of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Delays. These children often struggle with profound to moderate speech and language issues and learning disabilities.

Mrs. Hesler has also worked with “at risk” emotionally disturbed children and adolescents and early intervention programs for preschoolers. Mrs. Hesler additionally has served as a Site Supervisor for George Washington University Art Therapy Graduate Students as well as currently supervising a John’s Hopkins graduate counseling student. She is also an independent contractor for The Expressive Therapy Center in Rockville, MD and McLean, VA.

Mrs. Hesler has been married for 24 years, is a mother of four (one internationally adopted specials needs child), served on the mission field for 8 years, is a pastor’s wife, and worked with children, families, single adults, and young married couples struggling with life’s challenges.