Lauren Hersman, MA, LPCC
Present, empathic, thoughtful, and diligent - Lauren shows up for her clients. When you work with Lauren, you know you matter by the way she hears you and faces each problem with you.
- Academic anxiety and performance
- Anxiety and worry
- Assertiveness and confidence
- Attachment insecurity
- Body image
- Career goals
- Communication skills
- Conflict management
- Emotional intelligence
- Impulse control
- Interpersonal skills
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Perinatal anxiety and depression
- Postpartum anxiety and depression
- Time management
- Work-life balance
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- MA, Counseling
- BA, Art History
- Postpartum Support International Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training – Certificate of Completion
Helping Clients Thrive
My approach to counseling begins with the importance of connection. I place emphasis on the healing and growing process being rooted in a person feeling a sense of being seen and heard because I believe that relationship is a crucial part of the healing process. I like to think creatively about ways to tweak interventions to best fit an individual, making each person’s journey to healing unique. After experiencing my own growth through examining how my thoughts impact the way I view the world, others, and myself, I began to research ways to incorporate evidence-based principles that help individuals explore the role of their thoughts play in challenges they face.
Throughout the counseling process, I help clients to identify their own goals, barriers to reaching those goals, their unique strengths that set them apart, and address any stressors that arise. For me, being a counselor means making no assumptions, allowing clients to be the expert on their own lives, sharing helpful evidenced-based approaches along the way, and helping clients to make thoughtful decisions about their life. I enjoy being able to come alongside others as they unearth strengths, recognize their worth, and take small steps toward the person they desire to become.
Why I Became a Counselor
After undergrad, I decided to spend the summer as a camp counselor at a family-owned overnight camp. This was one of the best summers of my life for many reasons. It was an entire summer spent outdoors exploring and being challenged. Most importantly, this was when I realized I wanted to become a counselor. I can still recall campers facing various stressors and having the opportunity to be a caring adult who listened, helped them see their strengths, and encouraged them to grow.
Becoming a mom awakened a desire in me to help others as they navigate the various emotions, expectations, stressors, and complexity of parenthood during pregnancy and postpartum. My hope is to help clients remember their strengths during a time when they may not feel quite like themselves, discover new strengths in the midst of adjustments they are experiencing, find ways to engage in self-care, and discover opportunities to connect with others.
What I Do For Self-Care
I often encourage clients to find ways to recharge and build healthy rhythms that fuel the mind, body, and soul, recognizing the importance of our everyday choices on our overall well-being. For me, self-care and relaxation are important in my personal life as well. I am intentional about creating space to cook new recipes, journal, do yoga, spend time with family and friends, and be out in nature.