Meet our New Personal Counselor for the Dept. of Well-being and Support

April 15, 2022
By: Tiffany King

Laura Smith-Brese is the College’s new Personal Counselor in the Department of Well-being and Support. Laura has over 14 years of experience as a personal counselor and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Originally from Indianapolis, her family relocated to Georgia when she was in middle school and she has lived in the state ever since. She has a background counseling individuals from childhood to adulthood. Most recently she worked at Unison Behavioral Health in Folkston, where she had moved into a team lead position, supervising others while providing clinical services to individuals. Laura received her Masters of Social Work with a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia. Previously she attended UGA, graduating magna cum laude, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Child and Family Development. As a high school senior, Laura was a student at the College of Coastal Georgia at the Camden Center, when the institution was known as Coastal Georgia Community College.  

Laura enjoys reading a variety of books in her free time on a various topics. She and her husband Marc enjoy movies and cosplaying together.  

Feel free to come say hello or to schedule an appointment with Laura by emailing Her office is located on the second floor of the Campus Center in the Student Health Center suite.

Being a fan of quotes, Laura was not able to pick just one to describe herself, but often others quote her with saying “be well” as a way of ending time together, whether the end of a counseling session, a meeting, or if she happens to pass you on campus.

Use #bewell to find her on our social media pages as well.