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I am a graduate student studying clinical mental health counseling in my final year at the University of Southern Maine. I welcome any adult individual or couple regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual preference, national origin or disability.
You may come to see me because of stress about what you are thinking, feeling, or doing, or challenges in your relationships. You may feel socially isolated or stressed about world or political events. Your full range of feelings and all your parts or voices are valid and free to be present with me.
I utilize the evidence-based approach of Emotion Focused Therapy as a framework to explore your felt experience and bring harmony to different parts of yourself. In the first few sessions I will work to understand the concerns that motivated you to see me and goals you have for counseling.
I may also share with you mindfulness tools from my 19 years of study in yoga, meditation, and nondual self-inquiry with many preeminent teachers both in the U.S. and while living in India, as the evidence is strong and growing that these practices can bring profound benefits to mental and emotional wellness.
I have a special interest in exploring and integrating the lasting impact of spiritual, kundalini, entheogen/psychedelic, and other extreme experiences that are frequently misdiagnosed as mental illness. These experiences can often be distressing and disabling and, combined with a history of trauma, often take significant time, space, and support to make peace with.
I belong to the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and Association for Spiritual Integrity to support my professional interest in both spiritual and mental health integration and spiritual teacher abuses. I also belong to the American Counseling Association which has published one of my articles.
I believe you are the expert of your own experience and that is where I start, by listening to your experience. If you feel drawn to meet with me, contact GETME to get started.
Laren will be available to work with clients at GETME through May, 2021.
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