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)
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
Addictions , LGBT , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Blended Family Issues , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Codependency , Divorce and Separation , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Infidelity , Mood Disorders , Posttraumatic Stress , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Workplace Issues Read more...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #LCS19560 (Expires: 2021-07-01)
I have been working with Lauren Ball for a number of years now, having recently started up with her again after a year's hiatus. She is such a wonderful, attentive, thoughtful, challenging and supportive counselor that I feel incredibly lucky to have found her. I couldn't recommend her more highly. She is compassionate and caring, but also not afraid to set me straight with a healthy dose of truth when necessary, a delicate skill that I think is invaluable in a counselor. I also love her pragmatic focus on counseling, she's not there merely to listen to me vent about my frustrations and past failures or emotional hang-ups (although she certainly has done plenty of that when necessary) but she always listens with an eye toward helping me move forward. She has helped me look at what I need to look at about myself and my past in order to focus on what is important and develop the tools to form the habits and routines not to repeat past failures or cycles of negative thought but instead build toward success and positivity in my personal and professional life. She is an excellent counsellor and friend.
You have been a source of support, great listener and comfort during some of my lowest moments. Thanks for being there for me.
Lauren is an awesome listener. Keeps you on topic, asks you insightful questions, and gives wise direction. I’ve had a
Weekly sessions with her for a little over two months and it’s made a big difference. I highly recommend her.
Lauren is amazing. She reaches out when I’ve gone dark and makes great recommendations on tools and other ways to cope. 5 stars all the way!
I worked with Lauren for, I believe, almost two years some time ago.
I was in the crisis of my lifetime, and she helped me stay away from the cliff.
I cannot seem to find the words to describe how much faith and trust I have in Lauren. She has had many years of experience, and really knows her stuff!
As we went deeper into our work, and my trust grew, I shared things with Lauren that I found to be very shameful. Never once did I ever feel an ounce of judgment.
She would always help me with my perspective on the issues we discussed. Those two things are probably the two most important things I found to be necessary.
I believe I'm a different person, who views myself in a completely different way because of the work I did with Lauren.
Then, there came a time, that I felt as though I could fly on my own. I would never have stopped communication completely had it not been for financial reasons.
I've used the tools she gave me, and I've done really well.
Now, sometime later, I find myself needing to get advice from a Therapist. So I'm back.
My hat is off to BetterHelp for pairing me with Lauren. I can't imagine anyone else, I would be able to share at the deep level I do.
She's never given me a suggestion that didn't help me tremendously.
Worked with Lauren almost 2 years ago and she really helped me get unstuck. She was so great that now that I've hit a rough patch again I am coming back to get rebooted.
Lauren is great! I really have made so much progress with her help. She is amazing!
So very thankful!
Lauren's support and guidance has made a world of difference during the time in which I was recovering from a major emotional trauma. She has been patient, encouraging and also soothing when my emotions were sometimes beyond my control or ability to comprehend. The use of the message board, particularly in the beginning of the therapy, was particularly helpful so that we could interact in between meetings.
Lauren has always helped me with a all of what I need help with she’s amazing and always helps me get down to the issue I’d recommend her and this app to anyone who’s looking for a counselor
Lauren has been a big help to me and I look forward to going forward with her help.
Lauren is an excellent therapist. She already has many positive evaluations here and I'd agree with all of them. They are a testament to the consistency of her genuine care and professionalism.
I feel that my experience with BetterHelp has been a good one.
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.
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.
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!
Very happy with process so far.
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.
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
Very caring and thoughtful. She makes it easy to talk to
I can tell she actually cares.
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.
Really amazing therapist. She's nice and very understanding
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!
Lauren has been amazing and has provided me with much insightful advice and guidance. Highly recommend her!
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.
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 :)
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.
Lauren was very helpful at sorting my thoughts out often providing worksheets and diagrams for the betterment of my overall emotional health.
Lauren continues to be very professional, available, and provides valuable feedback to issues we discuss.
Very quick to respond and addresses my concerns very well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.