Hi, I'm Lauren, and I'm a registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (#85756). I see clients in San Francisco. I have an MA in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and I trained at Golden Gate Integral Counseling Center. I have been seeing clients since 2013. I'm working toward the 3000 hours of therapy practice I need to apply for a license. I'm a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists), and I'm supervised and employed by Lucy Salter, LMFT #52083.
In my pre-therapist life, I travelled and lived in various places and taught ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) to adults for about ten years. I've also taught fifth graders reading, writing & social studies, worked retail numerous times, been a caregiver, worked for an interior decorator who designed desk accessories, interned at a magazine, done freelance editing & writing, worked the counter in a couple of cafes, and worked in a dental office.
I think we can learn a lot about life from observing nature: everything begins in darkness and silence; rot and decomposition enrich the soil and lead to new, healthy life; apparently dead plants put out fresh green leaves and begin a new period of growth. Change, diversity, and creativity are the rule, not the exception, in nature and in us.
And while I believe that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I think it can also make you depressed, anxious, confused, scared, ashamed, deeply hurt, and really angry, among other things. Luckily, sometimes it can also make you laugh.
I think there is beauty, Spirit, and wonder in all of us--yes, you—and I want to help my clients have more fun in their lives and access the healing and wholeness within. I want to accompany and support clients as they explore themselves, and be with them in the terrifying places no one wants to go into, as well as in the joyful spaces that can be strange in their own way. Therapy goes into the roots and depths, as well as the heights of human experience.
I have an eclectic approach that includes imagery, nature, art, somatics, and gestalt in an atmosphere of acceptance, warmth and humor, with analysis on the back burner. I welcome diversity of all kinds.
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