Lauren is a nature-based therapist and group facilitator, grounded in many years of working in nature and practicing mindfulness. Lauren currently works with groups and individual clients in private practice, is a facilitator with Convergence 3C, and is a trainer and facilitator with the Matrix Leadership Institute. She is trained in the Hakomi Method of Psychotherapy and has spent a number of years exploring and training in the nature-based healing work of the Animas Valley Institute. She holds an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology & Wilderness Therapy, an MS in Field Biology & Natural History, and a BA in Ecology. Her practice is based in the mountains near Boulder where she facilitates clients' connections with themselves, others, and the natural world.
"You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you." -David Whyte
As a former wildlife biologist/ecologist, Lauren views both the human and more-than-human worlds as living systems. With her clients, she fosters the conditions that support living systems to thrive: connection, acceptance, diversity and belonging.
Drawing on the principles of Hakomi therapy, as well as her foundational practices of mindfulness and loving kindness, Lauren creates an environment of inclusion and acceptance of all aspects of the human experience. Following her passion for nature-based practices and deep personal growth and exploration in the natural world, Lauren loves to work outdoors with clients whenever possible. In addition to doing intensive work with individual clients, Lauren delights in weaving small groups together, finding that sometimes the deepest healing work occurs in groups. In facilitating groups, Lauren draws on her experience as a trainer and facilitator for the Matrix Leadership Institute and Convergence 3C.
Supporting your connection to self, nature, and others.