Gabrielle Lawrence, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in the state of Arizona. From Columbia University, she received a BA in Music,,
a Masters in Early Learning and Development in 1973 and then her doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She is a member of the Arizona Psychological Association and the National Association For Play Therapy. She is also a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a Registered Play Therapist and Play Therapy Supervisor, certified in EMDR and Somatic Experiencing and speiclises in PTSD and traumatic loss in children and adults. In 1990, she was one of the Founders of The New Song Center for Grieving children and their Families. Now part of Hospice of The Valley, The New Song Center program is widely spread in in Phoenix and has begun centers in Tucson. Dr Lawrence was a board member for Hospice of the Valley for Approximately six years and sat for six years on the Diocese of Phoenix Safe Environment Board. In 2009, she helped found Children’s Services Network, an accredited, ongoing, educational program to help educate and help professionals in the area of children’s mental health have new resources and stay informed.
Because of her deep concern for the emotional impact of homelessness on children, Dr. Lawrence joined the family promise Board of Directors 9 years ago. She has been involved in numerous areas Family Promise. Those include fundraising, marketing and working directly with the families by helping to host families at several of the churches involved in the family Promise program.
Dr. Lawrence has lectured and trained locally and nationally for schools, hospitals, churches, to professional in mental health, in corporations and community organizations concerning conflict resolution, management skills, mindfulness, how to handle traumatic loss, parenting, bereavement, domestic violence, attachment and bonding, child development, relationship management.