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)
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Depression
LCSW #LCS19560 (Expires: 2019-07-31)
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.
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.
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.
Amazing! Great Listener and gets back to you in a timely manner.
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.
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.
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.
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.