While it may be a silly analogy, going to see a therapist is similar to seeing a hairdresser or barber. They’re educated and have a license, they have specialty training in areas you do not, and most importantly they can see parts of your head that aren’t easily accessible.
Our perspective is that good therapy happens when you have a good relationship with your provider. You need to know they keep your information confidential, they’re competent and knowledgeable, and that they’ll be honest with you. Good therapy should be uncomfortable AND productive. Good treatment is hard work.
Yes, the above statement sounds counterintuitive but the real work is done when we address or confront what’s causing the problems or discomfort. If the nightmare is about losing a friend in combat, then revisiting that loss will cause discomfort. If crowds or restaurants cause anxiety and nausea, we’ll work to find the root cause. No one should be in therapy forever. Let’s confront what’s wrong and move on with life.
While we can help with general issues such as anxiety and depressions, our expertise for specialty populations includes:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
- Combat Veterans
- Law enforcement
- First responders
- Other trauma:
- Car wrecks
- Sexual assault
- Natural disasters
- Chronic Masturbation
- Extramarital affairs
- Most importantly, those adults who have a sexual attraction to children but are working to prevent sexually acting out.
- Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s
Lauren has specialized training and various certifications in trauma treatments such as Prolonged Exposure and Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Her background includes work with Federal Law Enforcement Officers, including but not limited to the Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defense, and various correctional facilities.