Lauren E. Taylor, LMFT
First and foremost, I want you to know who I am as a person, a therapist and a confidant. I am passionate about working with teens and young adults as they navigate life while finding their purpose and developing meaningful relationships.
It is most important that you know the heart of my work. I enjoy working with teens who are struggling because I remember what it feels like to be pushing myself toward my college and career goals while feeling overcommitted, unsure of myself and afraid of what’s ahead. I believe that moving through this pain while establishing our purpose and place in this world is powerful. The route your teen takes in that journey will be uniquely theirs, but they don’t have to go it alone. I believe they are the true expert of their life and only when they are empowered to make healthy decisions with confidence can they land at the best version of their self possible. I know that they have the personal strengths and resilience to make it through.
Your teen has to be ready and willing to fight. I know what it feels like to be exhausted, overwhelmed and down-right defeated. I also know what it takes to change fear into fuel and come back at our struggles with drive and passion to move toward growth instead of settling for defeat.
Avoidance, self-deprecation and surrendering don’t work. Willingness, empowering self-talk and determination are the elements that make change. I won’t settle for stagnation in our work together and neither should you or your teen. I am the type of therapist who will make your teen think, allow them to feel and guide them to act. I am warm, caring and passionate about what I do. I truly believe that being a therapist is my life’s purpose. I won’t judge their fears or circumstances. We will use them to make sense of where they’re at and plan for where they’re headed.
I earned my Master’s in Clinical Psychology: Marital and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. I started my work in a residential crisis center in San Diego, CA. It is there that I began working with Adults in crisis, recovering from addictions and severe mental illness. I spent a year up in Santa Barbara, CA working with at-risk youth in the high school setting as they navigated their own identity formation, mental illness and substance recovery. I was most recently working in the County Behavioral Health system in Ventura, CA, seeing adults in the severely mentally ill population as they find healing from mood instability, substance abuse, anxiety, trauma and crises.
I am well equipped to help your teen navigate difficult situations while learning and enacting the tools to make the choices that support their health and growth. I believe in working together and keeping you collaboratively engaged in the process as well. I love working with teens who are determined to make their own way in this world. I am passionate about helping them explore and develop their identity in such a way that they can confidently communicate their needs and develop deep relationships that matter. Teens who are building their life in the midst of pressured demands, relational conflict and identity development are resilient. They are hopeful and they are thirsting to make change.
Establishing healthy self-talk and forming effective interpersonal bonds allows us to live a life of contentment with the ability to find joy, engage in gratitude and offer ourselves the grace and peace that we all deserve. I am so honored to be present in helping your teen recover, change and grow. Exhaustion, uncertainty for the future and emotional pain don’t have to hold them back from living out their full potential.