I offer a warm, supportive therapeutic relationship wherein a person may seek insight, understanding, and growth. The struggles that bring a person to therapy can feel vulnerable, raw, and impossible. The safety of the therapeutic relationship allows us to explore how you have been shaped as a person and evaluate how your current behaviors, values and relationships impact your sense of satisfaction and meaning. Gaining insight on the influences of various aspects of your personality, upbringing, and motivations enables us to determine a course for enhanced understanding and contentment.
I enjoy working with a mix of people through their unique struggles, but I have particular expertise in navigating persons with substance abuse issues and their families through various stages of the recovery process, persistent depression, anxiety, attachment trauma, and personality disorders. I also have unique experience helping professionals negotiate a balance between psychological/emotional wellness and work. While I draw from a number of strategies to best help my clients, I mostly employ attachment and psychodynamic theories with a person-centered approach- meaning I try to understand a person within the various contexts of their lives including their relationships with self and others, work, hobbies, and struggles.
I received my master's in social work from Smith College in Northampton, MA. After graduation, I pursued further clinical training as a Postgraduate Social Work Fellow at the Menninger Clinic on the Professionals in Crisis Unit (PIC). In 2012, I became a licensed chemical dependency counselor to better serve the needs of clients with addictions issues. I joined the staff at Menninger upon completion of my fellowship. I worked as a staff social worker on the Professionals in Crisis Unit (2011-2013) and as an addictions counselor and staff social worker at the Pathfinder Program, the Menninger Clinic's community integration program (2013-2017). I have also worked in a private practice since 2012.
Additional training includes a two-year training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, TX (graduated 2015) and workshops in mentalizing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
I also have experience in LGBT, Family, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related, Career, Bipolar, Depression
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Lauren has never given up on me. I appreciate that so much. I feel comforted to send her a scramble of my emotions, and she educates and helps me balance.
Lauren is amazing! She listen and always give me solutions. She helps me cope with my relationship with my boyfriend and now we never fight anymore.