Why do you do what you do?
I feel like as a social worker my main goal is to connect with people, build real authentic relationships and participate in a journey of change together! I encourage my clients to be authentic, transparent and assertive in getting their needs met. I feel genuine satisfaction and gain energy after every session. This is honestly my dream job.
What makes therapy with you unique?
I use humor and laughter to break barriers with clients. I am easy going and understanding that life happens. Goal is for therapy to be enjoyable and something people can look forward to instead of dread! I like to bring it unique ways to connect with clients, using art, music, games, role play…whatever is needed to keep it fresh and engaging.
What is a therapy session with Lauren like?
I use mindfulness meditation strategies at the beginning of every session to help patients relax and be in the moment. I love many different modalities, specifically I use DBT tools, CBT, SFBT, ACT, EFT and EMDR to assist my clients with problem solving, process trauma, reduce misery and improve their quality of life. Love to play games, do collages, make playlists and other strategies to keep therapy fun and interesting. I enjoy connecting with clients in the group setting as well, engaging with each individual as well as helping the group become cohesive and work towards similar goals.
What makes you, you?
I am a musician and often incorporate the feelings that are created by music into therapy. Utilizing music as expression. I also am a photographer and enjoy making clients laugh and smile throughout their wedding/engagement sessions, capturing joy is a passion of mine. I play volleyball weekly, sing karaoke, travel whenever I can and use those hobbies and experiences to help my clients understand different avenues where they can express themselves or build mastery. I have lost a parent and have experienced grief/loss first hand, so I use that knowledge to truly connect with those who are suffering from loss.
How does your specific skill set benefit your clients?
After working with me (or during) I help my clients feel and important, assist them with accepting things they can’t change, feel in touch and in control of their emotions, develop healthy and happy relationships and feel a sense of fulfillment and mastery.