Hi, I'm Lauren! I use a gentle, collaborative and direct approach to help people work toward reaching goals and finding their best selves.
Psychologist in King of Prussia, PA
Depression is a special kind of awful. Coping with "the depression monster" is often difficult and exhausting. I can help you develop new tools to combat that monster, and can offer validation and real-world coping methods to help make the load of depression a little lighter.
Non-highly sensitive people seem to function with 10 layers of protection against the world. We HSPs often seem to have only 2. Being a highly sensitive person in an insensitive world offers a unique set of challenges but also allows us to access different wells of strength. Embracing one's highly sensitive nature and learning about limits and boundaries can help us feel better equipped and add back layers of protection we didn't realize were possible.
Anxiety is like an over active car alarm, insisting there's danger when there may not be. Coping with anxiety, learning to talk to our anxious parts and calm them, and live life with less fear is freeing and empowering.
My graduate program provided in-depth education in several modalities of therapy; cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. By learning how to provide therapy through these different lenses, students in my program were taught how to be integrative therapists. This allows me to provide flexibility in the therapy I offer, rather than expecting the patient to fit the modality I provide.
The main tenets of Rogerian therapy are unconditional positive regard, empathy, and authenticity. Providing unconditional positive regard means I don't judge what a patient tells me about themselves. This allows for an environment of healing. Providing empathetic care allows me to understand your experience from your point of view and see patterns you may not be aware of. By functioning authentically, I model self-acceptance, honesty and congruence to allow patients to do the same.
My therapy dog, Lilly, LOVES her job. A sweet and gentle Cavanese, Lilly greets patients with great enthusiasm, enjoys giving kisses, and knows when it's time to offer comfort or lay quietly in her bed. She is hypoallergenic and weighs about 18 pounds. She sometimes snores loudly during sessions, but more often wants to sit next to patients as a warm and comforting presence during therapy.