Lauren PowersTherapist, LCPC, RPT
About Lauren Powers
Connection, compassion, and hope are guiding principles Lauren works from. Lauren believes in the significance of the client-therapist relationship and that healing growth happens when people feel seen, heard, and deeply cared for in a safe therapeutic relationship. Lauren believes there is no one size fits all approach, and takes time to value and give attention to each person’s unique experiences and story. Lauren tailors treatment to help her clients reach their individual goals and is passionate about helping her clients recognize their own strengths, resiliency, and value. Lauren resides in Maryland with her family and enjoys playing with her puppies (she hopes to someday have a therapy dog!), being in the outdoors whether finding new hiking spots or spending time at the beach, and taking in all the books she can!
Training and Background
Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland and a Registered Play Therapist. Lauren is also currently pursuing certification as a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional. Lauren received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Science from Messiah College and returned years later to obtain a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College.
Lauren has participated in extensive post-graduate training and gained experience counseling children, adolescents, and adults. Lauren completed her clinical internship at MPB Group in Howard County, Maryland counseling adolescents and adults and leading an adult anxiety support group. Lauren also gained experience as a school based therapist in Carroll County, Maryland counseling children and adolescents in elementary, middle and high schools. Prior to becoming a therapist, Lauren spent over 10 years working in youth ministry with middle and high school students.
Lauren is committed to continual learning to provide the best therapeutic care that she can for her clients. Lauren has received specialized training and supervision in play therapy to become a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy. Lauren utilizes play therapy and other forms of creative therapy, including expressive arts and sandtray therapy, to help children express themselves, heal, and grow. Through a child’s natural language of play, Lauren helps children foster creativity, self-direction, responsibility, self-control, and emotional well-being. Lauren integrates highly compassionate, comprehensive parent support/training into her work with children. Additionally, Lauren received training in the SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) parent program and can offer this unique program to support parents whose child/teen has anxiety or OCD.
When working with adolescents and adults, Lauren focuses on a building a trusting relationship, as she believes that authentic connection is a key element in the healing process. Lauren comes alongside clients on their journey and utilizes an integrated approach of acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and person centered therapy. Lauren has also received training in mindfulness based stress reduction for teens to assist adolescents with the unique challenges they face.