Individual Counselling

Individual Counselling


Dr. Lauren's professional training has provided her the chance to work with hundreds of clients - each one with unique concerns, mental health conditions, identities, and cultural backgrounds. Dr. Lauren specializes in providing individual counselling to adult populations. She is committed to providing evidence-based treatment to address client concerns and uses research-proven therapy orientations including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills.

Currently, Dr. Lauren's practice is focused on serving adults (18 years or older)

 

Actualize Specialty Areas 


Anxiety & Self-Esteem Concerns among Professionals, Perfectionists, Over-Achievers, & People Pleasers

Frustrated that anxiety is interfering with your work, relationships, and/or happiness? Has anxiety impacted your self-esteem and left you feeling "not good enough"? Chronic perfectionism and people pleasing can help professionals, executives, and performers reach high levels of success in their careers and lives. However, it can also come at a cost of high anxiety, depression, stress, and even burnout.

Sometimes high achievers can feel as though they're not measuring up despite their successes. The stresses associated with always chasing accomplishments, trying to uphold unrelenting standards, and proving "likeability" or "worth" to others can also result in interpersonal problems. Sometimes trying to be "good", "the best", or even "good enough" can  impact the sustainability of work relationships, friendships, and romantic relationships. Sometimes it feels wrong and uncomfortable to "say no" or "set boundaries" when you're trying to prove you can "do it all" and/or "be it all". Actualize specializes in helping high-performing professionals overcome these concerns!

  • Anxiety
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Self-Identity, Self-Worth, Self-Confidence Concerns
  • Negative Self-Talk (shaming & blaming yourself)
  • Procrastination
  • Avoidance
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Stress & Burnout
  • Irritability & Anger (at self or at others)
  • Reassurance Seeking
  • Relationship Problems (at work, home, or in romance)
  • Difficulties Communicating Assertively & Saying No
  • Difficulties Setting & Enforcing Boundaries
  • Learning To Adaptively Express Emotions & Emotional Needs

 


Anxiety & Mood Disorders 

Have difficulties with low mood and experiences of persistent or intrusive anxiety started to disrupt your day to day life? Sometimes these difficulties with mood and anxiety seem to come "out of nowhere". Other times, life transitions and major life events can result in mood and anxiety difficulties. Depressive and anxious thoughts and feelings can often stop us from engaging in activities we need to be doing or activities that we used to enjoy. Actualize can help with that!

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder & Panic Attacks
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Heath / Illness Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Frequent Worry And Rumination
  • Avoidance
  • Depression 
  • Sadness & Low Mood
  • Feelings Of Emptiness
  • Irritability & Anger
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Negative Thinking
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Experiencing trauma or witnessing trauma can change your outlook on life, your feelings about yourself, your view of the world, and prevent you from engaging in the things you need to do or want to do. Most often, Dr. Lauren helps individuals process previous traumas using Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy procedures.

  • Unwanted Memories of Stressful Experience
  • Disturbing Dreams of the Stressful Experience
  • Strong Physical Reactions to Difficult Memories
  • Avoiding Situations Related to the Stressful Experience
  • Blaming Yourself or Someone Else 
  • Strong Feelings of Anger, Fear, Horror, Guilt, Shame
  • Irritable, Angry Outbursts
  • Feeling Jumpy, Superalert, On Guard
  • Pain or Somatic Sensations related to Stressful Experience

We cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed.

Carl Rogers