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Life After MSP: Laura Hutchison

Here at MSP, we love to connect with alumni to find out more about the work that fulfills their passion for clinical psychology.  Life After MSP is our feature column that highlights the career journey of our grads.

Laura Hutchison, PsyD

Name: Laura Hutchison, PsyD, LP, RPT/S

Year of Graduation: MA 1999, PsyD 2005

Job Titles: Owner and Clinical Director of Hutchison & Associates, Director and Facilitator of the Michigan Play Therapy Training Academy, and adjunct faculty member at MSP

Describe your work in clinical psychology:

Hutchison & Associates – Over the last couple months my private group practice as blossomed.  I now have 15 associates, a majority of whom graduated from MSP, at 6 locations throughout metro Detroit.  We offer psychological services for individuals and families, including play therapy, individual psychotherapy, and psychological testing.  My duties here include supervision and management of all associates, as well as seeing clients.

Michigan Play Therapy Training AcademyIn 2015 I started the Academy; since then I have been running weekend workshops and a week long “summer camp” offering play therapy trainings to mental health professionals.  I am an Association for Play Therapy approved provider, therefore my trainings can meet part of the requirements needed to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). 

MSP adjunct facultySince I started in 1998, I’ve never really left the school!  Shortly after graduation from the doctorate program I began supervising Master’s students for their practicum.

What do you like about your work:

I love the flexibility and variety I have as a clinical psychologist.  Throughout the years I have discovered how much I truly love supervising clinicians and helping them grow as therapists and people.

How did MSP prepare you for success?

MSP gave me a solid foundation in the importance of authenticity and ultimate respect for the therapeutic relationship.