Lauren is most passionate about supporting college students and young professionals who feel disorganized, overwhelmed by life stressors or big changes, and want to gain control over their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Lauren will teach you to understand your anxiety to its core in order to overcome it. She will clarify your values/identity, boost self esteem, achieve a healthy work/life balance, and help you better navigate relationships so you can crush adulting!
Lauren is interested in first learning about you as a human and how you fit into the world in order to customize a toolbox designed specifically for you and your needs. If you have no idea why you're anxious or how to make it in the "real world", Lauren is the perfect fit for you. The outcome she sees in her clients includes an increase in confidence, clarified sense of self, uncovered personal strengths, newfound perspectives, and an improvement in overall wellbeing. Her clients begin living life without limitations.
Lauren completed her graduate-level training at Adler University, studying counseling and art therapy. In addition to talk therapy, Lauren has been professionally trained to incorporate creative expression into the therapeutic process- because sometimes words just aren't enough! Through art therapy, you are encouraged to explore your emotions and self more deeply through a new lens. Don't be fooled, this isn't art class and you don't have to be an "artist"! Art therapy uses active art-making, the creative process, and applied psychological theory to enrich your life. Art therapy effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, and reduce and resolve conflicts and distress.
Lauren is available to meet virtually on Tuesdays/Thursdays 11am-4pm or in person in the West Loop on Wednesdays 9am-7pm.
ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Years of Experience: 4 years
Lily Counseling and Consulting, Therapist, 2023 - Present
Private Practice, Therapist, 2022 - 2023
Thresholds, Clinical Case Manager & Team Leader, 2019 - 2022
Old Irving Park Community Clinic, Behavioral Health Counseling Intern, 2018 - 2019
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Art Therapy Intern, 2017 - 2018
Adler University, Masters in Counseling: Art Therapy, 2019