Lauren earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Oakland University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Throughout her undergraduate studies she researched the concept of Post-traumatic Growth, the positive changes one may experience following a traumatic or stressful life event. During her graduate studies she was a Geriatric Scholar and HRSA Substance Use Disorder/Opioid Use Disorder Scholar. These scholarship programs enhanced her ability to work with marginalized communities and within interdisciplinary settings. She completed field placements at Detroit Central City Integrated Health and at Mariners Inn, a residential treatment facility for men struggling with addiction. Her field placements brought about multiple learning opportunities within the realm of substance use, short-term therapy, allocating resources to meet basic needs, and navigating stages of change to motivate long term behavioral gains.
While pursuing her masters degree, Lauren contributed to the Student Association of Psychedelic Studies (SAPS). She was dedicated to maintaining the student group’s status on campus and reinforcing social work values in the growing field of psychedelic medicine, such as equitable access, empowerment of clients, and proper education of risks and benefits. Treatment resistant is a term that is becoming all too popular. Lauren has chosen to pursue ketamine-assisted therapy to expand treatment options to those struggling with mental and physical illness. She views ketamine as a unique opportunity to help clients navigate internal distress, generate profound insight, and cultivate resilience. Encouraging client growth through the innate resources we all possess is her mission.
How I work with clients
As a clinician I strive to co-create a safe and secure space from which clients can begin to navigate the preparation for and/or integration of their psychedelic experiences. I recognize that this type of work is both difficult and that it can be daunting and wish to extend my support to enhance client confidence, safety, and beneficial outcomes throughout their process. With strong emphasis on the inner healer, I work with clients through an empowerment lens to become more familiar with their innate knowledge and ability to heal and achieve growth. Through close collaboration with clients, I hope to engender priceless insights that catalyze life changes that are both surprising and essential to betterment of well-being.
My work with clients entails eclectic use of multiple traditional therapeutic modalities, such as Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Informed Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. With a trauma-informed lens applied to all aspects of clinical work, I provide both psycholytic and psychedelic experiences in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. All work done with clients consist of client centered practices, mindfulness, and client self-assessment strategies to foster a sense of agency and self-determination beyond the clinical space and into daily life.