Tell us about you and why you wanted to become a therapist.
My first introduction to the realm of mental health and cognition was in a Psychology 101 course while studying for my undergraduate degree. I was undeclared at the time and vividly remember that first day of class and the instructor introducing the concept of psychology, how there were essentially limitless depths towards better understanding the human mind and I immediately felt my first professional “AHA” moment. Everything discussed in that class set the tone for my passion in assisting others in better understanding themselves and their own minds to achieve better outcomes.
What do you love about being a therapist?
I feel so privileged when engaging with clients. It is truly an honor to be a part of someone’s journey towards better understanding themselves, their background, and their place in their current environments. I enjoy the process of getting to know my clients and being able to support them in their goals, and sharing in opportunities of moving in alignment to one’s truth.
How would you describe yourself as a therapist?
I would describe my primary framework as holistic, client-centered, and relational. No one fully functions within a vacuum, though it can absolutely feel that way at times. I pride myself on centering my practice on the individuality of each client and how that client interacts with and is affected by the various systems that influence them. We are all connected and depend on our own communities and systems to succeed and I incorporate that concept into all of my work as a practitioner.
Who do you love working with in therapy?
I enjoy a variety of work in therapy. My experience in child development and multidimensional family systems particularly suits my current focus of children, youth, and families.
Do you have a particular theory or framework that guides your work as a therapist? If so, describe it and tell us why you use that.
Ecological systems theory, relational theory, and the person-centered framework all guide my work as a therapist. Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory incorporates not only the child and their immediate environment into effective practice, but also recognizes the impact of many different levels of systems impacting that child. These could be tangible systems like their school setting or their neighborhood and could also incorporate more abstract systems like their individual culture and their own value system. Relational theory posits that a core aspect of healthy development acknowledges the importance of and ability to form connections through relationships. The person-centered framework acknowledges that we are each the expert in our own lived experience and that through coordination and collaboration with clients, we can achieve sustainable positive change as a team!
Share one thing you are passionate about in your professional or personal life.
My truest passion is learning! I consider this a lifelong process and jump at the opportunity to learn new things about myself, my community, and the world at large. Currently, I am striving to get over a reading slump by allotting time each night to reading in a dedicated space in my home. I am also learning to knit and am signed up for pottery classes!
Lauren Allbee is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW #98512) who is supervised by Jennifer Gonzalez ( LMFT98444). She is scheduling new clients during her evening and weekend hours now! Call us today for more information about working with Lauren or our team.
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They become words.
Watch your words,
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Watch your actions,
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Watch your habits,
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