Lauren (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. She believes our lives are found in the stories we tell about ourselves, others, and the world around us. At different points in life we encounter difficulties and events that do not fit the stories we want to be true of us, and often despite our best efforts we can end up feeling stuck. Therapy is a unique place where we can be curious about ourselves and our stories, turn over the hard things we face, clarify our preferences, and write new chapters that foster wholeness.
Lauren takes a systemic approach toward mental health and focuses on beliefs and thinking patterns, emotions, relationships, biology, community, cultural contexts, and spirituality. She believes trusting relationship is essential in therapy and prioritizes clients’ experiences and wisdom. Lauren holds a Master of Divinity degree from Seattle Pacific Seminary and strives to integrate sound theology and pastoral care in therapy for clients who so desire. Lauren also holds therapy as a space to recover from religious trauma. In her work Lauren draws from the ideas of narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy, family systems theory, various fields of social criticism, and more. She strives to work from an anti-oppression lens, which at its core means recognizing that living in society is uniquely challenging for different bodies in ways that impact well-being.
Lauren hopes that in therapy clients will experience safety and acceptance, discover power to face difficulties and pain, 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 partner and her rescue dogs Zuri and Tamu (who frequent the office as “canine therapists”), ministering with teens, drinking too much coffee, and trying to keep her houseplants alive.
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