"There's no 'should' or 'should not' when it comes to having feelings. They're part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings." - Mister
- Fred Rogers
Lauren (She/Her/Hers) Psychotherapist - Intern
I believe it takes a great deal of courage to do the work involved in therapy. If you're familiar with the show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, you know the compassion with which he resonated. Like Mister Rogers, I model sensitivity, kindness and self-love as tools to help empower my clients throughout their healing journey. Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, isolation, or grief, I will provide you with a safe space in which we can collaboratively explore your thoughts and feelings. My therapeutic style is rooted in the humanistic theory of holistic healing, treating the individual as a whole and dynamic being. I use an integrative approach to treatment that is individualized to each client’s needs, often combining psychotherapy, existential dynamics, and cognitive behavioral techniques. This means you can expect treatment catered to your unique needs, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach.
I am currently enrolled in the Certificate of Professional Counseling Studies at the University of Baltimore. I am delighted to be at BACC as a practicum student in pursuit of licensure as a counselor in the state of Maryland. I have several years of case management experience with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse diagnoses (i.e. dual diagnosis) in community mental health settings. I often utilized motivational interviewing and trauma-informed practices to create a judgement-free space for clients to do “the work” involved in therapy. In the next few years, I plan to continue developing my skills to support trauma survivors, as well as acquiring more knowledge on third-wave cognitive behavioral therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. While I have a special interest in women’s health, trauma work, chronic pain and other chronic health conditions such as cancer, I view each client through a lens of intersectionality, making me a culturally competent clinician capable of working with a diverse group of individuals.
A little bit more about me--
Groups I feel knowledgeable about/allied with/or a part of:
- LGBTQIA+ allied, BIPOC allied, living with chronic pain/illness, neurodivergent populations, trauma survivors, severe and persistent mental illness.
- Education/certifications: BA in Biology, Psychology, and pre-medicine from St. Mary's College of Maryland; MA in Psychology from The Catholic University of America; in pursuit of Certificate in Professional Counseling Studies from The University of Baltimore
- Trainings/Readings - I have a habit of reading multiple books at once. Currently I am reading Irvin D. Yalom's 'When Nietzsche Wept,' N. K. Jemisin's 'The World We Make,' Ocean Vuong's 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous,' and Jonathan Van Ness' 'Over the Top.
Fun facts --
- The water and woods are my happy places.
- During the COVID epidemic, I self-taught myself how to weave tapestries & macrame, and now consider myself a fiber artist.
- I am a huge sci fi/fantasy nerd and long-time Tolkien fan.
Therapy services and populations/dx you might refer out for:
- Couples therapy, sex therapy, children age 18 and below, personality disorders.