Founder and Director of Clinical Services
Lauren has an impressive assortment of fidget toys in her office - a complimentary perk of her therapy services. Her genuine presence and wit creates an ease for connecting with clients new to therapy and North Star services.
People and animals say I'm easy to talk to, that I'm a good listener. And they're not wrong. I love the work I do and am privileged to work with so many amazing people. I take very seriously the responsibility to help and the need to connect. I want to heal trauma. Not cause trauma.
We can laugh together and cry together. We can talk about big stuff and small potatoes - dig in to the heavy stuff and also be light-hearted. We can explore everything from the wiring of your brain to the wonders of the world.
I have been working in the field of trauma since 2004, beginning as a volunteer at a crisis center and as an advocate for sexual assault survivors. I received my Master's Degree of Social Work in 2007 and worked at the MSU Sexual Assault Program from 2008 - 2015. Since 2015, I have been in private practice.
My area of expertise is trauma, including sexual abuse and relationship violence, harassment, and attachment-related trauma. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, which research has shown to be an especially helpful treatment for complex trauma. My approach to treatment and particular style can change based on who I'm working with, but it is always trauma-informed, person-centered and evidence-based.
FOR REAL THOUGH
Our society often prescribes a narrow definition of happiness and success that makes it hard to ask for help, even harder to see strength and wisdom in suffering. But I believe our entire experience is important and gives meaning to who we are and how we find meaning in the world. I believe that people know the answers to their problems but often need a space to talk openly and honestly - to be heard and acknowledged. And chocolate - people need chocolate. I have that too.
I would love the opportunity to work with you. Give me a call or send me an email. If you're feeling extra fancy, current and interested clients can contact me on a secure web portal.
Insurances accepted include: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Priority Health, Sparrow PHP, McLaren, Meridian, and Magellan.