Lauren Hollander, LICSW, JD
“I was raised with a strong sense of social activism, which motivates me to be a helper. What that looks like has changed over the course of my life, but it’s always been my compass. I don’t mind confrontation or conflict, and having been through many transitions myself, I know that people can take risks, find their answers, find understanding for themselves, and grow when they feel seen and safe.”
Lauren worked as a lawyer, fitness professional, support group provider, and mediator before becoming a couples therapist – which she will tell you are all versions of the same relational work. Lauren brings curiosity and compassion to all her relationships and resolute confidence in the wisdom of the individual. Lauren raises two kind, outspoken children and a rescue Australian Cattledog named Rosie in her personal life.
Ask me about: weight lifting; minimalist footwear, color theory
Ever since I was young, I’ve been: fascinated by human behavior, and the interplay of trauma, relational connection, 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 accompanying 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