Kurt LaRose, LCSW, LICSW

Kurt LaRose, LCSW, LICSW

As a late teen, I observed a therapist working with a loved one and knew at that moment, "This is what I want to do someday." That someday took 18 years to work out (life happens). In 2005, I was able to begin what I first knew at 17 years old!

In social work in particular, there is little training in the areas of the brain and how the brain works. We are experts in frameworks and theories and models, but so much of this training is both supported and refuted in knowing how the brain actually works. As this area of training lacks in most CSWE colleges, it is my hope to push clinicians to learn more about the neuro-biology of the human. Plus, the profession as a whole undersells its unique approach to improving behavioral health. We are experts of a unique kind; we know A LITTLE about A LOT, and that's the ONE THING we know the most about!

In teaching social work students and in working with other professionals, it is my hope to emphasize what it is that makes the clinical social work profession the most unique in mental health, the most eclectic, and why it is that the "person in environment" paradigm can be best understood with the help of a clinical social worker! We are so diverse in our training; honing this diversity CAN make us some of the most unique, unbiased helpers in the business.

In statistics anything extreme is considered an outlier. Outliers generally are so troubling they alter the norm. To be an outlier something unexplainable must occur. Then - they're simply discarded from the data. People are unique - always. Neuroscience has been able to identify "jumping genes" in the brain - these are small fragments of DNA. YOU are an outlier. The survivor of the unimaginable is an outlier. The "one who got away" is an outlier. Discarding outliers actually limits research. Studying outliers may reveal how it is only a few thrive and excel against all kinds of odds. Besides, it is in the outlier where an unexplained miracle can occur, where the magic appears, and something absolutely unique emerges. Even if you can't explain it, or even if it alters the norm - it still matters. Be counted!" - K. LaRose (2013)

State: D.C., Florida
  • D.C. License #: LC50081569
  • Florida License #: SW9297
Year of Licensure: D.C. 2017, Florida 2009

Meets State and District of Columbia Requirements

  • Union Institute and University:  BA
  • Florida State University:  MSW
    • Trauma
    • Marriage/Relationship Counseling
    • LBGTQ
    • Online Counseling (since 2012)
    • Onsite/Remote Counseling
    • School Counseling Programs
    • Stress and Stress Related Disorders
    • Mindfulness


    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Solution Focused
    • PETC Based
    • Psycho-education
    • Strengths
    • Hypnosis