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Lauren Swilley

Counseling Intern

Lauren is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University with the goal of receiving licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health (LCMHC) in North Carolina. In 2017, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from William Peace University. She has a wide array of experience working in the mental health field, including private practices, outpatient treatment centers, community centers, and nonprofits. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate experience, Lauren has explored several roles related to the field of psychology, including private practice management, intervention services, neurohealth technician, research assistant, youth counselor, and overseas medical mission work. Her broad background has afforded her the opportunity to work with diverse populations from various backgrounds and experiences. She has experience with children, teens, and adults living with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, grief, and spirituality in clinical, professional, and administrative settings. 


Lauren focuses on creating a non-judgmental space for clients to feel safe, supported, and heard as they maneuver through their healing and growth journey to reach their goals. She wants clients to feel they are worthy of healing and transformation. Knowing that life can be challenging, she strives to empower clients to overcome any challenges they may face. She seeks to meet clients where they are and assure them they are not alone. Lauren is passionate about helping people become the best possible version of themselves by giving them the support and resources to process emotions and learn coping skills to deal with everyday stressors and decrease symptoms. With the necessary tools and skills, it is easier to identify triggers, notice warning signs, and find ways to better prepare for oncoming stressors and challenges. 


Her approach is grounded in a holistic view of the person as unique. Lauren does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Therefore, her therapeutic approach is integrative while tailoring treatment methods to the client’s needs to create a lasting therapeutic effect. she utilizes treatment modalities and theories, including but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, existential therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and elements of play and art therapy with children and adolescents. Lauren is interested in working with children, teen, and adult clients over the age of 6 who are in need of individual counseling. Her clinical interest areas include but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, emotional dysregulation, women's issues, social skills deficits, ADHD, addiction, and relational issues. She is ready to walk alongside individuals to help build a strong foundation of healing and transformation built upon psychological, social, and spiritual health. Therefore, she can offer a Christian perspective to those who wish to integrate faith and spirituality into their healing journey. 


In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog, volunteering in the community, and serving in her church's kid, music, and outreach ministries.

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