Lauren is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who considers our lives to be found in the stories we tell – about ourselves, about others, and about the world. Our past memories, present experiences, and future hopes are all woven into rich narrative tapestries that comprise “who I am.” At different points in life all of us encounter difficulties, and often despite our best efforts we can find ourselves stuck in patterns that do not promote living in ways that are authentic, joyful, and hopeful. Therapy is a unique place where we can explore our difficulties and patterns, locate our preferences, and author stories that foster wholeness. Lauren takes a systemic approach toward mental health and focuses not only on thoughts and emotions, but also on relationships, biology, community, cultural contexts, and spirituality. She believes that trusting relationship is essential in therapy and prioritizes clients’ experiences and wisdom. Lauren also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Seattle Pacific Seminary, and strives to integrate sound theology and pastoral care in her therapeutic work, for clients who so desire.
In her work Lauren draws from the ideas of narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy, family systems theory, various fields of social criticism, and more.
Lauren hopes that in therapy clients will experience safety and acceptance and discover power to confront difficulties in their lives – perhaps from new angles – and find space to live into hope, confidence, and joy. She considers therapy to be sacred work and is honored to share in her clients’ journeys.
Outside of counseling, Lauren loves spending time with her husband and her rescue dog Zuri (who frequents the office as a “canine therapist”), ministering with teens, gardening, drinking too much coffee, and trying to keep her houseplants alive.
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