Lauren is excited to work with adolescents, adults, families as well as couples. Areas of experience include depression, anxiety, adjustment to change, divorce, remarriage and blending families, parental relationships, behavioral problems at home or school, anxiety/panic, self-worth, military life challenges, communication skills, and relationship difficulties.
Lauren strongly believes in the power of the helping-relationship. Feeling validated and supported through life’s difficulties is profoundly helpful for healing. Her approach views each individual holistically, taking into account family history, strengths, personality, and goals. Lauren identifies most strongly with ideas found in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy as well as DBT. For couples she uses Gottman's principles and attachment theory. She integrates these theories to help move you in the direction of healing and wholeness. When requested, she is happy to integrate Christian counseling into the sessions.
Education and Training
2008: Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (MAMFC) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
2005: Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Christian Ministries and Psychology from Ouachita Baptist University
Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Training certificate. Trauma Informed Care Certificate, Supported Employment Certificate, COPSD Certificate. Illness Management Recovery Certificate. Suicide Prevention (ASK) Certificate. Gottman Level 1 training.
Background and Experience:
After college, Lauren got married and enjoyed serving as a Youth Minister at a local church for several years while in Seminary. Following that, she homeschooled her children for five years implementing the Classical method. She was married for 13 years and experienced the stress of multiple military deployments and unfortunately divorce. She has five wonderful kids (5-12 years old) and enjoys spending time with them outdoors, reading together, or playing games.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching Netflix while folding laundry, is a sports enthusiast, enjoys reading non-fiction, and loves an outdoor adventure!
Life has had its series of unexpected events and challenging times. It’s through these times that God’s grace and closeness has been greatest. It is my pleasure to walk with people through both good and bad times. It remains my hope to use my education and life experience to encourage and equip others. I believe that God is the truest source of healing and lasting joy. I endeavor to point people to true happiness and healing.
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