Lauren Ball

(MSW, LCSW)

About Me

I think that each of us at one time or another struggles with self worth, coping with crisis, interpersonal conflicts, or problematic behaviors and can benefit from a caring counselor who understands, helps identify solutions, and who doesn't judge. Together we will work as a team towards the goals that you set, and assess our progress as we go. The hardest part is recognizing the need for help and having the courage to get started. I look forward to taking the next steps with you.

My style is to focus on the here and now, with practical strategies for making meaningful changes that fit you and your situation. I rarely dwell on the past, although at times it may lend helpful insight or identify patterns or beliefs that are affecting you today. My approach is to focus on strengths and solutions - without psychobable.

I am licensed in California, with over 20 years of experience in helping individuals, couples, and families experiencing life changes, parenting challenges, family conflicts, relationship problems, or substance use issues. I also have expertise and experience working with people who are experiencing difficulties with recent or past traumatic experiences.

Advanced Training: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS)


Specialties

  • Relationship
  • Family
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Depression

Years of Experience: 21

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LCSW #LCS19560 (Expires: 2019-07-31)


Reviews

Written by A.D. on Jul 16, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 2 years and 6 months on issues concerning relationship

I have been corresponding with Lauren for quite awhile now, she seems like such an organic and integral part of my life that I honestly can't even remember off the top of my head if it's been one year or ten, I can't imagine how I got along without in years previous.

She is patient and wise and offers encouraging words and guidance that while not always exactly what I want to hear, it always seems to be what I need to hear and helps me put my struggles and concerns in useful perspective. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her very highly to anyone looking for a good counselor.

Written by M.A. on Jun 15, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 2 years and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family, grief, and depression

I have had many counselors over the years. Never have I worked with anyone as qualified as Lauren. She is patient. compassionate, and incredibly knowledgeable. We worked together via computer, and also by phone sessions. She has given me work to do between sessions, and has taken me deeper into my issues than anyone in the past. She responds to my emails in a very timely manner, and puts a great deal of time and thought into her responses. I began working with Lauren 3 years ago this month. In the beginning, we communicated daily via computer. At that time, I was close to being bedridden due to depression. I was going through what was the most painful experience of my life. The only emotion I ever felt during a 24 hour period, was pain and debilitating sadness. Today, although I still have issues I'm working through, I feel like myself again. Lauren uncovered the strong woman that I am, and helped me become that again.

Written by J.U. on Apr 11, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, grief, eating, and self esteem

Lauren is brilliant and kind and thoughtful. I can write the most naked, messed up stuff to her — stuff I’m immediately embarrassed for having shared, and she always responds so professionally and with such understanding. I’ve never found a counselor like her, and I wouldn’t have found her if it weren’t for BetterHelp.

Written by J.A. on Jan 20, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family

Amazing! Great Listener and gets back to you in a timely manner.

Written by M.A. on Jan 12, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship, family, self esteem, and anger

Lauren makes me feel heard and important. She definitely asks the right questions to make me realize and see things in a perspective i didn't see before. She messages me in a timely manner and that's awesome! I really recommend her.

Written by H.A. on Dec 20, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning career

Lauren is really awesome. I've written more in-depth reviews for her previously and they all continue to be true! I think I've been working with her for a couple of years now and I have made improvements, chipping away. At some point I will have chipped away enough and the boulder will roll down the hill.

Written by S.N. on Oct 24, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Lauren Ball is really helping me a lot, and talking to her makes me feel a lot better than just being alone. She's great at helping me figure things out.

Written by N.A. on Oct 24, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, and self esteem

I love Lauren. I've been working with her for a little over a year now, and she's become a mentor to me. She helps me to focus on taking care of myself before taking care of others, identifying and implementing compassionate boundaries, and is one of the only people in my life who is consistently encouraging and affirming. She also isn't offended by the way I express myself, and she feels comfortable helping me to reframe how I think about navigating life. To reiterate, I love Lauren!

Written by B.I. on Aug 03, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Very happy with process so far.

Written by D.A. on Jun 06, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, parenting, self esteem, and career

Lauren has been amazing. I came to Betterhelp in a time when I was having a really hard time and I couldn't even bring myself to go find a therapist, so I used Betterhelp and Lauren made me feel totally comfortable opening up and helping me work towards getting better at my own pace, with a sense of compassion and understanding.

Written by C.O. on Jun 06, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, self esteem, and anger

She's an amazing person. She help me find clarity.. and to become strong.. because of her, I know will be okay no matter what.. thank you

Written by J.E on Apr 01, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and sleeping

Very caring and thoughtful. She makes it easy to talk to

Written by A.L on Mar 26, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, lgbt, and sleeping

I can tell she actually cares.

Written by J.U on Mar 17, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, grief, eating, and self esteem

Lauren is a kind and patient professional, who makes you feel as though you are being heard and never judged. She is a gentle guide, who will help you set goals by which to gauge your progress and give you the tools you need to see yourself more clearly and compassionately.

Written by A.R. on Mar 03, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and anger

Really amazing therapist. She's nice and very understanding

Written by N.A on Jan 05, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, and self esteem

Lauren is direct and empathetic without being overly sympathetic or condescending, and actively engages while listening which makes me feel heard and understood. She's very open about wanting her clients to utilize her as long as they'd like or can afford, which definitely takes the pressure off the client from initiating or avoiding such conversations. I appreciate Lauren's feedback and the initiative that she takes when sending me helpful tips and information between phone appointments. I highly recommend!

Written by E.J on Dec 01, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 4 months on issues concerning family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Lauren has been amazing and has provided me with much insightful advice and guidance. Highly recommend her!

Written by E.M on Sep 17, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, and career

Lauren is a strong, sound and empathetic counselor who can indefinitely help you to move on a more clear and emotionally sound direction in your life. I highly recommend her for any help you may need untangling and weaving a more integrated and healthy approach to whatever challenges you may face.

Written by M.A on Aug 24, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks

After seeing therapists in their offices for several years, I found in Lauren the help I had been looking for. I love the freedom to write whenever I want -and not when a appointment was made-. It's been only two weeks and I'm already feeling better and experiencing improvements in my life :)

Written by H.A on Aug 19, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 2 months on issues concerning career

I've tried a few different online counseling services and a couple of counselors here at BetterHelp. I use remote counselors regularly on an ongoing basis to manage stuff in my life that is stressful as a long-term strategy and general best-life goals. Happy with Lauren (finally a good fit). Planning on sticking around and eventually going on maintenance. I am sure she is just as amazing for short-term counseling. There are good therapists and then there are therapists good at remote and I think she does both well.

Written by T.I on Aug 13, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 4 days on issues concerning relationship, and trauma and abuse

Lauren was very helpful at sorting my thoughts out often providing worksheets and diagrams for the betterment of my overall emotional health.

Written by D.O on Jun 07, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

Lauren continues to be very professional, available, and provides valuable feedback to issues we discuss.

Written by T.R on May 19, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, anger, and depression

Very quick to respond and addresses my concerns very well.

Written by M.A on Apr 05, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

Lauren has been super amazing so far in answering and asking any questions regarding my background and what needs I may have. I am extremely excited to be working with her.

Written by A.D on Feb 04, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Lauren is a wonderful therapist. I felt an affinity for her almost immediately, and her considered, articulate and thoughtful advice and analysis has been a great boon to me already. Receiving a message from her in my inbox is always the highlight of my day. She turns the therapeutic experience into an exciting adventure of self-discovery, I couldn't recommend her more highly.

Written by V.I on Jan 06, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, self esteem, and depression

Lauren has been amazing. I can say I feel a bit more relaxed ever since I started this counseling with her. I feel like she has the answer for me and the problems I've been going through for a couple years. I wont change over night, it takes patience and time but I know with her help, I'm going to be a better person for myself , relationships and family.

Written by S.E on Dec 02, 2015 after counseling with Lauren for 1 month

Friendly, positive, and helpful. She gives exercises, offers suggestions, and replies in a timely manner. You can count on her for support and to be a good sounding board.

Written by A.L on Oct 01, 2015 after counseling with Lauren for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, trauma and abuse, sleeping, and self esteem

Lauren is very kind and follows through to make sure her client is doing alright. She asks a lot of questions to help pinpoint the best way to she can help in an effective, compassionate manner.

Written by M.A on Sep 15, 2015 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and depression

Lauren Ball is an amazing counselor. In the past few weeks, she has given me more tools than other therapists have given me in months. She is very knowledgable about anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She has a huge toolbox of ways to treat these issues. She responds quickly, thoroughly and compassionately to all of my messages. Thank you Lauren, I am so glad to have found you on BetterHelp.com.

Written by M.A on Aug 05, 2015 after counseling with Lauren for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family, grief, and depression

I am so grateful to be working with Lauren Ball. She is compassionate, non-judgmental, and very gentle with her very wise advice.

When I began working with Lauren, I felt helpless and hopeless of a situation I am currently in. Nothing has changed outwardly, but because of Lauren's direction, I am able to handle a very difficult situation with a sense of peace that I had not experienced before. I believe Lauren to be very intuitive, and she clearly has a great deal of experience in her field. I would highly recommend Lauren for anyone needing tools to cope with a problem they cannot handle on their own.