As an LMFT and LPC-Associate, Lauren has a passion for supporting children, teens, and families who are struggling with familial relationships and mental health challenges. At the start of her counseling career, Lauren interned at Memorial Hermann’s Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC) where she guided clients through their healing journey from substance use disorders and related mental health challenges. It was in this role where her therapeutic philosophy rooted in systems theory was established. Lauren strongly believes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; she believes that when we are able to work together as a team, and by treating the family system as a whole, we are able to yield greater results both as a whole and for each individual member.
After receiving a Master’s of Arts in Family Therapy from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, Lauren worked as a Student Support Counselor and School-Based Counseling Clinician at various Houston area schools. Lauren counseled students at the high-school, middle-school, and elementary-school level, helping them navigate through anxiety, stress, conflicts, and other mental health concerns. Working in the school setting provided Lauren with the opportunity to collaborate with teachers, parents, academic counselors, and other school personnel in order to create a supportive care approach for each student’s therapeutic treatment plan.
Lauren has also worked in the private practice setting since 2018, where she has continued to implement a collaborative care approach for clients in individual, couples, family, and group therapies. Lauren particularly enjoys utilizing mindfulness techniques, as well as the Acceptance & Commitment Therapy model, in order to help clients learn to stay in the present moment. She has specific experience working in this manner with clients struggling with anxiety about the future and rumination of the past.
At home, Lauren enjoys reading new books, cooking, baking, spending time with family, practicing yoga, playing outdoor volleyball, and walking her dachshund named Taquito.