Hello and welcome! Because you're reading this, you're probably thinking about therapy. Let me tell you that you've done a great job so far in seeking help, it's definitely not an easy step to take and I'm a huge believer in celebrating the small things. There's something to be said about a person who wants to better themselves; whatever draws you here, I hope you find what you're looking for. Here's a little about me to help clarify any questions you may have:
I have a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2016) from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. I later moved to Missouri and am now a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri. I've worked as a therapist in several different settings such as college counseling centers, rehabilitation centers for drug and alcohol use, and in the private practice setting. In these environments I've helped people manage concerns with depression, suicide and self harm, issues related to relationships with themselves and others, anxiety, sexuality and LGBTQ orientation, and addiction. I've also been able to work with people that have experienced trauma and family conflicts.
Each therapist operates from a certain style and orientation in which they approach the counseling process. Usually, it's a multi-faceted approach and I believe that the key is to remain flexible. That being said, my main approach tends to be relatable, personal, and straight forward. I believe in transparency in sessions, meaning I'm not afraid to be real with you while helping to guide, support, and validate your experiences. Therapy is a vulnerable process so it's my job to help you feel safe and empowered. In doing this, we'll talk about your strengths and what makes you who you are, and use those to help achieve your goals. I believe that you're the expert of your life; I'm just here to help you talk through it and I find that through positivity and humor, life seems a bit more manageable.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Life Purpose, Multicultural Concerns, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy
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I've been seeing Lauren for a few months now, and i can honestly say that she's been absolutely incredible. I think i joined Betterhelp at just the right time in my life and Lauren has helped me through some really dark days. She's always completely supportive of everything that makes me happy and her listening skills are outstanding. Whenever she offers advice or a perspective, I never feel like she's trying to force it on me, rather she's more a guiding voice to help me realize things I already knew but needed help understanding. She's the most flexible and understanding person I've ever met, and i can say without a doubt I wouldn't want another counselor.
Written on Oct 24, 2020 after therapy with Lauren for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, eating disorders, and self esteem