Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate
Lauren graduated with her Master of Social Work from Colorado State University and is now a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate in the state of Washington. During her time at CSU she completed an internship counseling children and adolescents on the Family Youth Intensive Team in a community mental health center in Northern Colorado and then spent her final internship year counseling college students at the CSU Health Network. Prior to receiving her MSW, Lauren had 5 years of experience working in various residential homes for children, adolescents, and adults; ran exposure therapies for clients in eating disorder recovery; provided respite care services in the homes of families throughout Southern California; and worked as a mental health technician in a behavioral health hospital.
Lauren is committed to continuing her education and training, particularly the type that does not just educate the mind alone —but also the heart. She tends to lean towards insight based therapies and favors narrative and interpersonal process psychotherapy, as she believes insight begets healing and growth. As a former spoken word poet, Lauren regularly strives to promote insight as a therapist through the use of metaphors and enjoys deepening her learning of jungian concepts such as dream analysis and archetypal journeys.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys running the trails with her dog; being out in nature; and nurturing her creative mind through song writing, playing the piano, and painting. She echoes the beckon of social researcher Brenè Brown when she says, “stay awkward, brave and kind” and believes that Sigmund Freud was right when he said that “one day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”