Christian Counseling Associates

Laurel Marlink Quast, LCSW

Laurel Marlink-Quast


Contact Laurel

(707) 571-1714 ext. 5

Who Am I?

I am a Christian Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  You will notice that I put “Christian” first in my description of myself.  My faith is an integral part of who I am and the work that I do.  God has blessed me with opportunities to get education and have many life experiences, both personally and professionally, which enable me to do the work He has called me to do. I view the work I do as ministry.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), the emphasis of my license is directed at helping people achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive lives.  My license allows me to provide counseling and psychotherapy of a non-medical nature with individuals of all ages, families and groups.  This means that I have received additional supervision and training after I obtained my Master of Social Work degree and have passed written and oral testing by the State of California.

I am married and have two teenage children. I am active in my church and in the community.


Focus of Practice

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, my training has been broad based to include many areas that affect individuals and families: depression, anxiety, communication within relationships, addictions, parenting, sexual abuse, adoptive parenting, infertility, crisis pregnancy, infidelity, and life transitions and changes.

I realize that though a person comes into my office for one or two primary reasons, there are other aspects of their life such as family dynamics and history, work pressures, and other life realities that are part of what they are living with on a daily basis. Though we will work on your primary reasons for coming in, I believe it is also important to pay attention to the other factors in your life which may be contributing or affecting your current situation.  


My Philosophy

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you WILL carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.    Philippians 1:6  (New International Version)

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a HOPE and a FUTURE.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I WILL be found by you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-14a  (New International Version)

The verses listed above are just some of my favorites.  I find them so encouraging for myself and for others.  These verses are just some of those found in the Bible that speak to the principle that God is at work in us constantly, sometimes in spite of us, and we need to be willing to allow Him to do this work.  And…. in order for God to do this work in us we need to be willing to do a lot of work ourselves.  Our part of allowing God to do his work might mean looking at painful aspects of our lives, behavior, and thought- patterns that we have allowed to creep into our lives.

All of us have times in our lives when we need to have someone come alongside of us and help us see through the fog of confusion, doubt, or trouble which we are experiencing.  All of us go through different seasons of growth and learning, which depending on how we choose to react to this season, can either mature us or make us bitter and “stuck” trying to figure out questions like, “WHY is this happening to ME?” or “WHY did God LET this happen to me?”

It is important to find the right match for you in choosing your counselor or therapist. It is important for you to find a counselor or therapist that you are comfortable working with as you entrust the knowledge of important events in your life to this person. 


Educational Background

I graduated from Calvin College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Social Work.  Calvin College is a Christian liberal arts college that encourages its students to integrate faith with academic study.

I continued my education at Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA and graduated in 1986 with a Master’s degree in Social Work in 1986.  My focus of study was Mental Health, in particular working with Children and Families.

Further areas of study include:  attachment and bonding, grief and loss, recovery issues, and life long issues of families built through adoption.


Professional Experience

-Twenty years in working with birthparents, adoptive parents, and adults and children who joined their family by adoption. I have worked in private domestic adoption, the child welfare system, and international adoption.

-Intensive psychotherapy with severally emotionally disturbed children in a day treatment program.

-Development of adoptive parent training program used by a large international adoption agency for adoptive parents throughout the United States.


Affiliations

Board Certified through the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
California Society for Clinical Social Work
Sonoma County Association of Christian Counselors


Other:

I am available to speak on:

  • Parenting

  • Life long aspects of adoption

  • Grief and loss        

  • Depression and Anxiety