Her boundless energy and contagious enthusiasm will be the first thing to captivate you, but her genuine passion to help others build resilient lives founded on faith, will be the lasting impression, long after you’ve had an encounter with Laura. Whether she is communicating one-on-one with someone in a counseling session, to hundreds in a seminar, or to the thousands who read her published words, Laura’s goal is simple: to communicate HOPE.
Laura Sabin Cabanillas is a communicator; she is an author, speaker, and mental health therapist, whose work puts her in front of hurting people every day. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Crisis Response Therapist, and a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, Laura is committed to helping others live free of addictions and oppression, and is passionate about bringing healing to the whole person; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, relationally. Simply put; Laura experiences deep joy when she is helping others. She specializes in working with eating and mood disorders, trauma, existential crisis, spirituality, and grief & loss.
Laura will be the first to tell you that although she grew up with a faith in God, it wasn’t until she was in her late 30’s that she truly began to understand that being a follower of Jesus Christ is not about religion and church, but about relationship and community. Her faith has deepened as a result of enduring some of life’s greatest hurts; but she believes without that pain, there would be no reference point for the tremendous hope she knows today. She has learned that God is absolutely worth trusting, no matter what.
Laura has a passion for communicating biblically relevant truth in a fresh way that helps those who are hurting find hope, and build lives of resilience. Where there is hope, faith and love are poised nearby, ready to thrive. Laura loves to travel for speaking engagements. Aside from being an accomplished speaker, Laura has published numerous stories in more than a dozen different books, and has authored two of her own.
Laura has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations with a minor in marketing, and a Master’s in Counseling from Northern Arizona University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and has also been trained by CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors and Speakers Seminar).
Laura lives in Orange County, CA and enjoys exploring new places, reading good books, drinking great coffee, hiking scenic trails, walking on the beach and traveling with her husband. When opportunity knocks, she also willingly enjoys adrenaline pumping activities such as skydiving and whitewater rafting. She is the mother of two boys, (now grown young men) and hopes to live a life that honors them, as well as her faith.