Therapy with Lauren
From your perspective, what is therapy?
Therapy is an allocated time and a place for you to be able to focus and explore You. It is your time for You. It’s a non-judgmental space to process whatever it is that needs to come up or whatever you are compelled to target. It is self care. It is an act of courage. It is a journey.
Please share 2-3 anonymized examples of how the work can play out and/or look in the room so that I can form a visual or narrative of what to expect.
-You come in with an issue, concern or goal in mind. We explore the targeted topic until you reach the desired outcome. Sometimes along the way you can experience clarity, relief, ease, acceptance, discomfort, growth, forgiveness, progress, and/or a letting go.
-You don’t really know what is going on, and you might feel confused or stuck. We explore your present circumstances, your past experiences and your hopes for the future to gain more clarity and move towards feeling different & unstuck.
How much do you share about yourself during our time together and why?
This is your time and we are here to talk about you. If self disclosure can benefit you or you are asking me a direct question, then I am open to it. I want you to feel safe and comfortable. But in general, I rarely self disclose.
How participatory are you during sessions?
I think this is something that can be established at the beginning of sessions and revisited as we progress. I like to ask you how participatory you would like your therapist to be, and use that as a guide. We can change and modify this as we go. My default would lean more on the participatory and directive side of the spectrum.
Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for me to do between sessions? Why or why not?
I don’t assign homework, unless you are asking for this. I do like to collaborate with you on tools, ideas and activities, etc. My strategy is: let’s throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. Then you take what you like and leave what you don’t. I don’t want to put additional pressure on you by giving you homework. If you end up trying things we discuss in session and it works... great. If not, that’s totally okay, too. I don’t want expectations on you from me. I’m here to support you no matter what.
Is there ever a time when you would encourage me to leave or graduate? Or how do I know when it’s time to end or move on, or time to stay and explore more?
I believe that you are the expert on your life. Generally, you have an intuitive feeling or knowing that’s it time to end treatment. We can collaborate on this, but ultimately I support whatever you think is best.
Where did you work before going into private practice?
My previous experience was working as a Clinical Therapist in an Outpatient Community Mental Health Agency servicing individuals and families with a wide range of mental health and behavioral challenges. I also spent some time at an innovative company called 83Bar as a Clinical Specialist servicing a wide range of medical and healthcare providers with patient activation.
Have you received any particular training beyond your post-Bachelor’s training?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?
I have always been curious about how to navigate this complex journey called life. And if I can help any one in any way along their journey, then I am doing what I believe I am here to do.
What is the best part of the work for you?
Seeing you show up. Showing up takes a lot of courage. So I honor that courage by being there and holding space the best I can.
What is unique about the work you do, or how have you found your work to be different than your colleagues’?
I was a varsity athlete and had to perform at peak levels. I have a deeper understanding of performance-based pressures. These pressures can create stress and strain in areas of your life, both professionally and personally. I can help facilitate shifts to improve your functioning.
How long should I commit to being in therapy, at least in the beginning?
I’d say at the very least commit to 12 sessions if you are feeling skeptical. If you are more comfortable, 6 months to a year would be the ideal initial commitment. However, the more important factor is you wanting to commit. So commit to what you can.
Therapy works when you want to be in therapy and can commit to the process. There will be days you are not going to want to attend, but showing up on those days can be very powerful, too. Feel free to keep the dialogue open with your therapist.
“Having gone through three mismatched therapists, finding Lauren came at the perfect time for me in my life. Going through a traumatic and confusing life transition, Lauren helped me work on my anxiety and depression and made a safe space for me to unpack old family issues. Lauren is open, honest, caring and can get me laughing during our sessions.
Lauren is such a supportive and attentive therapist. In my opinion, she has the perfect balance of listening to what is going on for me, asking thought provoking questions and providing actionable tools to support me in raising awareness and making positive changes. Lauren is compassionate and direct and I highly recommend her.”