If you are like me, you are looking to live a life that is true to who God made you. You want to love God, love your family, friends, and community, and serve from a place of wholeness... and you know that this kind of life doesn't just happen.  It takes intentionality and focus.

Sometimes, you need someone to walk alongside you.  That is what I do. I help people live rooted in God and true to themselves.

You want to live 

- A peaceful rhythm 

- Connected to God, yourself, and those you love

- A life with meaning and purpose


And you DON'T want to live

-The life of others' expectations

-Frantic and overscheduled

-Empty and depleted


You want to find the way of living that brings peace to your soul. 


For most of us, this doesn't just happen, though, does it? 


It didn't for me.


I lived many years trying to meet other's expectations. Rather than living out of how God wired me, I lived according to what I thought everyone needed from me. And that landed me in a place where I was depleted. 


Through years of intentional healing, I looked around me and realized that I was not the only one. There are many people looking for peace in their lives, purpose in their work, and harmony in their family. 


I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 16 years. And when I learned more about spiritual direction, silence, and solitude, I became a Certified Spiritual Director through Christos Center. I am thankful for the education I have had at Southeastern University and Fuller Theological Seminary. 


My husband, Adam, is the Lead Pastor at Pathways Church and we have two daughters, Grace and Ella. I love hiking, wearing tennis shoes, and simple beauty in life. Good food and great friends make me happy. 


I started Tree by Water to create a space, online or in person, for people to grow and heal. 


Here are the services Tree by Water offers:

1. Online and In-Person Programs

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"Soul Focus:" Online Spiritual Care 

These stand-alone individual sessions are conducted online.  They are scheduled at your convenience... once a month, twice a month, once a year... You come with the focus, or topic, challenge and together, you and Laura discuss and discern the activity of God.  After starting with a short period of silence, you talk. Laura listens.  In the time, Laura will ask questions, process, make observations, pray. Together you may discuss Scripture or talk about your thought life.  No person or session is the same. 

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Sabbatical Rest Program


If you find yourself wanting...needing a sabbatical, this is the program for you. Laura will walk with you as you plan, prepare, and walk your sabbatical journey. Through twice monthly online sessions, resources, and email check-ins from Laura, you will have someone to encourage, affirm, and challenge you to get the most out of your time. 


2. Retreats

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Laura organizes and leads retreats in Wisconsin.  You can learn more about

  • what retreats are available

  • information for bringing Laura to your retreat

  • what others have said about past retreats

3. Writing

  • "Desperate Rest" ~ This book about sabbaticals is an account of my sabbatical and a guide for yours.

4. In- Person and Online Licensed Therapy

If you want to stay up-to-date on what is happening, sign up for the below!


Love and Peace,