Lauren Smith, LCAT ATR-BC CCLS
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Lauren Smith

Psychotherapy, LCAT, ATR-BC, CCLS

Not Taking New Clients
Lauren Smith is a Creative Arts Therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist working with adults, children, and families. Using talk therapy, relaxation tools, mindfulness, and creativity, she helps clients with anxiety, stress, transitions, and loss. Her office is a non-judgmental, integrative space where clients are invited to come as they are. All parts of you are welcome.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Pediatrics
Trauma & PTSD
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$140-200
Sliding Scale
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“I believe that every person is fundamentally creative at their root and this creativity is a force.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Before becoming a therapist, I had jobs in all sorts of fields — community organization, nonprofit, healthcare, education, and the arts. All of this experience plays a role in the role I play today; it informs my practice, giving me guidance in how I support and understand my clients. I have special training in child development, bereavement, grief, and art therapy and my research is focused on healing from trauma and supporting caregivers. I believe that every person is fundamentally creative at their root and this creativity is a force. It empowers them in the face of transition, hardship, and stress, while offering the potential for deep healing and transformation.
What should someone know about working with you?
The entire foundation of my practice revolves around you as an individual. I want to get to know you — your values, your intersections and struggles — and how we can work together to cope with life’s challenges and achieve your short-term and long-term goals. As an integrative therapist, I offer a person-centered, humanistic, and individually-tailored approach to psychotherapy. And I tend to use a variety of modalities as a result: talk-based therapy, art and creative expression, or relaxation and mindfulness. Every client is different and there is no such thing as one-session-fits-all. My goal is to discover what works for you and what strengthens your internal resources. This allows us to pave the path towards well-being and growth.
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What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Many people ask, “When is it the right time to seek support?” The answer is different for everyone, but there’s never a bad time to ask for help. I work with people during lulls of calm and during waves of chaos. Therapy is a helpful tool whether you’re coping with everyday stress or going through a major life transition such as a move, a new job, a marriage, the birth of a child, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. All human experiences, even happy ones, can feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate. But that doesn’t mean getting help is easy! Taking that first step can make you feel vulnerable and exposed; that’s why I’m here! I will help you navigate these hard moments safely and compassionately, allowing you to set the pace and going as fast or as deep as you want.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m energized by the cultural shift taking place that prioritizes self-care and emotional wellness and, in the process, destigmatizes mental health support. My hope is that we normalize this further until it becomes a regular aspect of overall wellness, like going to the gym or cooking nutritious meals. I’m heartened by shifts across academia that deemphasize and deconstruct theoretical and ideological frameworks that are largely white, Western, and patriarchal, as this perpetuates cycles of institutionalized racism and abuse for both our clients and ourselves. I appreciate inclusive, integrative, and anti-racist frameworks that are humanistic and holistic, as well as those that recognize that diagnoses or trauma do not define us as people. Every individual is deserving of compassionate care and community support.
Why consider a Creative Arts Psychotherapist?
Whether you identify as an artist or you believe that you can’t even draw a stick figure, every human has the natural ability to create. You have an inner Monet ready to bloom. Creating is how we first learn to communicate as children and how we learn to solve problems at every stage of our lives. Often, our personal experiences are too difficult or painful to put into words and we’re left with a hard-to-explain feeling, a sense of confusion, loss, or anxiety. Art psychotherapists incorporate both art and/or talk therapy in an attempt to harness these creative powers that lie within all of us. Children naturally gravitate to art-making, but art therapy supports people of all ages and I always tailor sessions based on a client’s comfort level. Many clients find that working with their creativity allows for self-reflection or relaxation, providing a way to safely release tension.
“I appreciate inclusive, integrative, and anti-racist frameworks that are humanistic and holistic, as well as those that recognize that diagnoses or trauma do not define us as people.”