246: Trauma-Informed Care

with Dr. Laura Gouge


Dr. Laura Gouge is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician in Beaverton, Oregon where she has a private practice and also serves as the medical director.

She has a passion for working with anyone who has struggled in their health. Her specialties are mental health, women's health and chronic illness.

Dr. Laura's mission is to be an empowering part of YOUR healthcare team, and to work together to create lasting and sustainable results in your health, so you can enjoy life at the fullest!

In this episode, Dr. Laura talks all about how trauma can play a part in our health, and how we can learn to continue pushing on, not only to survive, but to THRIVE!

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More About Dr. Laura (from her website):

I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 2015 with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine.  After graduation, I completed a competitive two-year family practice residency through NUNM with additional rotations in women’s health. After residency, I completed an intensive six-month internship with Dr. Greg Nigh focusing on the complex health conditions including cancer and SIBO.

In my current position at Wolf Pack Consulting, I wear two hats. One hat is doing psychiatric assessments and talking about mental health medications, and the other is working as a naturopathic specialist. From working in a mental health clinic, I understand how frustrating it can be to navigate the medication options currently available. I utilize both conventional and holistic treatment modalities to create individualized treatment plans for each patient. My commitment is that every patient feel seen, heard, and understood. I practice trauma informed care and health at every size. My style is warm, creative, tenacious and direct.

I currently serve on the board of directors for the Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic physicians and teach as an adjunctive clinical professor at NUNM. I am also the host of the podcast “The Practice Sessions” which focuses on all aspects of being a naturopathic doctor. In my free time, I am a passionate hiker, guitar player, cook, and meditator, and I love spending time with my friends and partner in Portland, Oregon.


Are you struggling with your health and feel like you have tried everything? Have you had all of the conventional tests and still lack answers? Do you feel like nobody has really listened? Have you been curious about exploring natural medicine? Whatever your needs, I’m here to help! My name is Dr. Laura Gouge, and I’m a naturopathic doctor in Beaverton, Oregon. Let’s work together to figure out what is going on, assess the need for any additional testing, and make a concrete treatment plan to help you reach all of your health goals.

Mental Health:

Whether you know you have a mental health diagnosis or have concerns about your wellbeing, I provide clarity and support for a wide range of conditions. Everyone wants to feel happier, healthier, and more connected. At different points in our life, we all struggle with anxiety, depression, insomnia, difficulty focusing, and grief. I can help you figure out what is going on, explore different treatment options, navigate side effects, discuss medication, and how to use nutrition and supplements to get to the root of your concerns.

Women's Health:

When it comes to women’s health, I believe our symptoms do not exist in isolation. In order to come up with an effective treatment plan we have to understand what’s wrong. Together we will discuss your health history, order and interpret testing as needed, and collaborate toward a treatment plan at your first visit. Whatever you are dealing with, let’s talk about how naturopathic medicine can help.

Chronic Conditions:

Whether you have a known chronic condition or confusion over your symptoms, my goal is to help you thrive. Working together, we will create clarity and harness your body’s innate resilience and ability to heal. If you’ve ever been told, “There’s nothing more we can do,” let’s find out if that’s actually true. No matter what the diagnosis or complaint, a naturopathic consultation is the first step toward healing.

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