MA, LCSW, JD
“I think social consciousness is innate to my upbringing and highly relevant to the sense of justice which pushed me toward law. From being a mediator, I learned that I could be comfortable in high conflict situations and that I’m good at being neutral and helping people decide for themselves what’s fair. But in the end, therapy feels like where I should have been all along — the absolute rightest thing.”
Lauren has been a lawyer, a family mediator, a facilitator of a motherhood support group, an owner and operator of a fitness franchise for mothers with infants, an HIV/AIDS activist and educator, and now a couples therapist. It’s safe to say she’s a powerhouse. Lauren brings her uniquely focused intelligence combined with a passion for standing up for people who are not being heard. In her personal life, Lauren raises two wonderful children and way too many chickens.
Ask me about: weight lifting; backyard chickens
Ever since I was young, I’ve been: fascinated by human behavior, trauma, and resilience
Favorite quote: “Don’t let them fool you – pain is a part of things. But remember, dear Ellie, the compost down in the field: if the rank and dank and dark are handled well, not merely discarded, but turned and known and honored, they one day come to beds of rich earth, home even to the most delicate rose.” — A Poem for My Daughter by Teddy Macker
Favorite kinds of couples: I find it so enlivening to work with folks who are open to change – as individuals and as parts of a relational system. Being with people as they experience and endure the bewilderment and wonder that accompany change is one of my favorite parts of couples work.
MA in Social Work – Westfield State University
JD – Emory University School of Law
Certified Family Mediator – Mediation and Training Collaborative
Gottman Method Therapy – Level I and II
Emotionally Focused Therapy – Externship Completed
Pragmatic Experiential Couples Therapy – Trained by Brent Atkinson
Additional Training in: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy