Lauren Daniels

"Being a therapist is a value-aligned career for me, allowing me to support and empower my fellow community members."

Why I became a therapist

I hold great value in an individuals’ lived experience. I have always been deeply curious about what shapes human identity and behavior and the way we construct stories to help make sense of our lives. Over time, I noticed that there are very few spaces in our society that allow people to feel and express their normative range of human emotion or support people in voicing their needs and sharing those powerful, individual stories. I became a therapist to offer a dedicated time and space for individuals, partners and families to tune into their thoughts, feelings and behavior, to connect with their values to build and strengthen skills that allow them to safely express their authentic selves and foster a multitude of healthy and supportive interpersonal relationships including the most important relationship of all – the one with themselves.

Who I work with

I work with individuals, couples and families navigating anxiety, depression, life-stage transitions, relationship challenges and parenting challenges as well as clients navigating complex medical conditions and those experiencing grief and loss. ‍ I have experience supporting clients living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. My particular areas of interest are supporting people in high compassion fatigue careers. I also enjoy working with couples on a range of topics from communication, pregnancy and/or parenting as well as those in polyamorous and non-monogamous relationships. I believe therapy helps people gain a better understanding of their own mental health and those around them. Therapy provides learning tools and skills to “soften the edges” when emotions occur at a degree of intensity, frequency and/or duration that can create a barrier to engaging in life. The therapy space allows clients to have a dedicated space to share, explore, process, and game-plan with a professional who cares about them and can offer an objective-stance that friends and family may not be able to provide.

"I am an intersectional practitioner and offer a culturally humble and affirming space to individuals holding a variety of identities."

Working With Me

I practice from an intersectional, eco-systems lens to understand the ways in which societal issues impact mental wellness and empower clients to advocate for their needs. I wholeheartedly believe in the importance and benefits of compassion-focused therapy. This is the foundation on which I build the therapeutic alliance. From there, depending on client need and the collaborative goals set, I offer primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) interventions. I often engage clients in present-focused work, looking at current examples of stress or joy as a way to understand the clients values, needs, and where the client is experiencing any “stuck” points. Through therapy, I hope clients walk away with a sense of their inherent worth. I hope they gain a stronger understanding of themselves and their needs as well as insight into how others impact them and how they impact others. My goal is for my clients to learn skills to advocate for themselves as well as how to engage in healthy and supporting interpersonal relationships.

My Qualifications and trainings

  • I received my Bachelor of Science in Health Communication from Ohio University;
  • I have a Master of Social work from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC);
  • I completed Pregnancy Options training through All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center;
  • I am trained in Mindful Self-Compassion through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC);
  • am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR);
  • I am a Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

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