Meet Our Founder & Staff

Dr. Laurie Redfield, LCSW
Founder, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Executive Director and Therapist

Dr. Laurie Redfield has been working with children, adolescents and families since 1985 and has been in private practice since 2006. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Maine and earned her master's in clinical social work from Boston University in 1997. In 2014, Dr. Redfield earned her doctoral degree in neuro psychotherapy and advanced clinical skills in social work from the University of Tennessee.

Throughout her career, Dr. Redfield has worked in the areas of residential care facilities, the therapeutic foster care system, government agencies, crisis services/assessment, community mental health outpatient agencies, and several different school systems from public to private institutions. 

She started her career on the ground level In New Jersey working with inner-city boys from New York City, Newark and Philadelphia as a childcare worker in a residential care facility for males. Over the years she worked her way to supervisor, then to director of programs and eventually moved on to serve as director of mental health for a private international school before founding her own private practice. Dr. Redfield has served on the boards of directors for a variety of health agencies and organizations.  

Dr. Redfield provides supervision to the professionals at A Life's Compass as well as to local area professionals in the mental health and case management fields. 

A Life’s Compass, PLLC was created in 2018 at 9 Marston Street, Norway, Maine from a private practice founded by Dr. Laurie Redfield in 2006. A provisional license was issued in June of 2018 with the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services to provide outpatient mental health and children’s case management services. In 2019 a license review of the agency was conducted and a two year license was issued to provide services.


“On the continuum of growth and love of learning, my goal strives to bring the new information and knowledge back to the children, adolescents and families I work with at the agency. Providing for best practices, I decided to expand my private practice to the status of agency. Building the agency is a passion for me. I am interested in finding and bringing on other passionate talented professionals in the area of mental health and child case management to help work the children, adolescents and families in the Western Hills area and surrounding towns of Maine.” Dr. Laurie Redfield


Erica Johnson

Office Manager

Erica Johnson has been with A Life’s Compass since August 2020. Erica has brought her expertise to the team and is sharing her knowledge in customer care, streamlining processes, and integrating best practices. Erica is a practicing Certified Reiki Master, Notary Public and is in training to become a CIPSS (Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist). She enjoys hiking, rock digging, sewing and alternative healing therapies. Erica lives with her husband and their two cats Wallace & Grommit.


Kayla Gleason 
Targeted Case Manager

Kayla Gleason graduated with her Bachelors Degree in 2012. She always knew she wanted to help people, but was not exactly sure what that looked like. Kayla has prior experience in working with children and youth as a BHP at  Androscoggin Learning & Transition Center and at Connections for Kids. Kayla’s most recent job experience was working as the CPPC Coordinator at Community Concepts. Kayla is working towards her License in Social Work and is certified as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Kayla has over a decade of experience with working with children, youth, and families. Kayla is looking forward to meeting clients and helping support their individual needs. 

Jamie Shead 
Targeted Case Manager

Jamie Shead resigned without notice from the agency in September.  On behalf of all her clients who she abandoned without notice, my sincere apologies. We have a team of case managers who will be picking up your cases.    Dr. Laurie Redfield

Therapy Dog

Jack Is a  Shetland and Yorkshire terrier.  Jack is our therapy dog who has been coming to the office since he was 3 months old. He likes to give kisses, eat cookies and getting belly rubs. He also likes to sit in your lap and just be patted. He is a good source of comfort when you need it the most.