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)
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Infidelity, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 19560
I have been working with Lauren for a number of years now and couldn't recommend her more highly. She has a depth of expertise in a wide variety of therapeutic styles that I really respond to. Personally, I think anyone open to therapy would feel the same. She has helped me organize my life, focus on my goals, and work through my issues in practical ways that have had tremendous real-world effects for me. Anyone who has the good fortune of being able to work with her I count as very lucky indeed.
Written on May 01, 2023 after therapy with Lauren for 7 years and 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues
After years of being my therapist, Lauren has always provided amazing support and love. I feel blessed that she has shown up for me to create a safe space to heal. #gratitude #serenity
Written on Sep 12, 2022 after therapy with Lauren for 4 years on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and compassion fatigue
I have been with Lauren over a year now, and thanks to her help I feel I have grown a lot, I know and understand myself much better, and I have seen big improvements in the way I manage my emotions, my relationships, and pretty much all aspects of my life. I feel really lucky to have found such a good therapist, so wise, balanced, perceptive and insightful. I have always felt 100% supported and I have never felt misunderstood, not even once. I am truly grateful for all the support I have received from Lauren and I honestly cannot imagine a better counselor.
Written on Oct 20, 2021 after therapy with Lauren for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Great counselor very helpful and incite full
Written on Sep 24, 2021 after therapy with Lauren for 4 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Lauren has been an invaluable resource, helping me navigate my way through life as painlessly as possible. I love that I can trust Lauren without a doubt. I like her style of counseling. It's not one dimensional, sometimes she just listens because I need to be heard more than anything else. Other times, I feel like we are brainstorming together regarding how best to handle any given situation. And most times, she challenges me with an assignment. (Not my favorite modality. ) And I saved the best for last. She never judges. I've shared information about myself that carries a lot of shame for me. Lauren has been wonderful helping me to broaden my perspective, and that has helped me heal tremendously. Please Lauren, don't think about retirement any time soon!
Written on Apr 20, 2021 after therapy with Lauren for 5 years and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, and depression
You have been a source of support, great listener and comfort during some of my lowest moments. Thanks for being there for me.
Written on Jun 11, 2020 after therapy with Lauren for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues