Lauren Carrington, MSW

 Lauren Carrington, MSW, specializes in helping children and adolescents build resilience to overcome negative effects of loss and grief, depression, anxiety, and trauma. 

Lauren recently graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) and is currently working to complete a License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW). While working on her graduate degree, Lauren’s concentration was in Adult Mental Health and Wellness, where she worked with adults in individual and group therapy who were dealing with family issues. Lauren has gained clinical experience working with adults, children, and teenagers from a diverse ethnic background, and believes that fostering a collaborative, empowering, and safe therapeutic alliance is the most important factor in eliciting change. 

Lauren has done extensive research in the area of how loss of a parent influences adolescent’s attachment styles, and what resilience factors mitigate against the negative effects of trauma. Lauren worked for years as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist for people ages 2- 22 years old with autism spectrum disorder, gaining experience in helping children and adolescents change behavior patterns and improve interpersonal communication. Lauren worked as a summer camp counselor for the YMCA and FFA for many years, and incorporates the importance of general wellness such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and spending time in nature into her clinical practice. 

Lauren has attended training seminars in Motivational Interviewing, Problem Solving Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Lauren functions through a holistic strengths-based therapeutic approach that incorporates psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness meditation. In the following years, Lauren plans to become certified in CBT, DBT, EMDR, and Sensorimotor therapy while completing hours to become an LCSW.