Lauren Anderson-MA, LPCC
– Therapist –
I am a first generation Colorado native born and raised in the Denver area. I enjoy all things outdoors that our beautiful state has to offer including camping, hiking, and exploring the mountains with my dog. When not at work, I love spending time indulging in self care through reading, working out, cooking, and playing with my dog. I feel my best when enjoying the company of my friends and family, whom I love to share new experiences with like traveling, going to concerts, and trying new restaurants.
I take a compassionate stance in helping to propel the harm reduction movement forward in place of shame based, abstinence only practices”
I hold a Bachelors Degree in psychology and human services from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs as well as a Masters degree in clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis in addictions counseling. During my undergraduate program I worked in the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) field as a behavioral therapist where I worked with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodiversities to help clients develop functional and communication skills to improve their relationships and promote independence. While earning my graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling, I worked for an agency that provides therapeutic services to underserved populations including LGBTQ+ folks, individuals in the criminal justice system, as well as those who struggle with homelessness.
My passion lies with working with individuals struggling with substance use and trauma survivors, but I have a background working with a diverse client population addressing issues ranging from basic family & relational needs to processing complex trauma. I take a compassionate stance in helping to propel the harm reduction movement forward in place of shame based, abstinence only practices. I am an advocate for the destigmatization of addiction and mental health through promoting resources and support networks, in addition to empowering clients of marginalized identities.
I believe that every person has the potential to heal and grow and that therapy offers the opportunity for self insight and exploration. It would be a privilege to walk alongside you throughout your healing journey as you navigate through difficult life circumstances whether it be relationship dynamics, managing negative emotions, or processing trauma.
I utilize an integrative approach of evidence based methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to challenge cognitive distortions and develop healthy patterns of thinking. As well as Motivational Interviewing to assess for clients stage of change and intrinsic motivations for treatment. Additionally, I implement trauma informed care including mindfulness techniques and a strengths based approach to empower clients and promote autonomy. While these are some of the modalities I use most often, I seek to meet clients where they are at and adapt my approach to best meet the needs and therapeutic goals of my clients in order to facilitate personal growth, development, and healing.
“I believe that every person has the potential to heal and grow and that therapy offers the opportunity for self insight and exploration”
Interested in working with Lauren?
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