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Lauren McAllister

M.A., LPC

Specialties

  • trauma/PTSD (EMDR certified)
  • children and teens
  • parenting
  • PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy)
  • spiritual issues
  • women’s issues
  • grief and loss
  • depression/anxiety

Credentials

  • M.A.
  • LPC

Locations

Westminster

Wheat Ridge

 

 

You have a unique story that includes many twists and turns, unexpected events, and moments that have maybe derailed you and left you wondering what to do next. Life is unpredictable. Many times, our best laid plans get derailed because of circumstances outside of our control. We can feel stuck in the same cycles and patterns and feel like our lives are not living up to our expectations. But your story is not over yet, God has a plan for your life, and hopefully I can help you get back on track. I’ve been working as a counselor for 8+ years, and I can honestly still say that I LOVE what I do. It can be hard work for sure, but I consider it a privilege and an honor to be invited into people’s hearts, minds, and lives. I would love to hear your story and be a part of your journey of healing and change!

Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

I believe that we were all meant to live full lives of emotional depth and healthy relationships. We often become too comfortable with the “Ok” or the “fine.” I believe there can be more to life than just getting through. Starting a counseling journey can take you to a deeper level of understanding yourself and relationships in a healthier way. My main approach to counseling is a combination of a Client-Centered approach along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a trauma-based approach. This means that I act as a co-pilot to help provide direction, insight, tools, empowerment, and encouragement, but you are the one in control of the process. I will take an in-depth look at the unhealthy beliefs that you might be stuck in as well as unhealthy patterns of behavior and how our beliefs, behavior, and emotions are intertwined. I have come to specialize in trauma and will look at how your early experiences have shaped you. In children, I still use a similar approach but in a simpler way with play therapy and working closely with the parents. I’ve worked with adults and children ages 3 to adult.

I’ve received 60+ hours of formal training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an evidenced-based form of treatment for trauma. I am also a certified Level 1 trainer in PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) which is also an evidence-based treatment that I’ve seen work wonders with young children with behavior problems. I also have experience in working with ADHD, Autism, OCD, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, eating disorders, grief, and many others. I take a personal approach to not treat a diagnosis but instead to treat a person; therefore, I can treat a variety of issues and will develop a plan that is catered to who you are and what you need.

My faith is also an important part of who I am. I enjoy incorporating the truth of God’s word as a part of your healing process. God created us to live full, abundant lives, and I believe His truth and presence can carry us through even the most difficult circumstances.

What To Expect During Therapy

I strive to connect with you and help you feel comfortable from the start. It is a brave thing to begin a counseling journey, and I will help you navigate those first few awkward steps. The first appointment will be focused on getting to know each other and deciding on what your goals for this process will be. Each session will vary depending on what you are experiencing that week, what we’ve worked on in previous weeks, and what elements and principles will help you reach your goals.

I want you to be in charge of your process as much as possible. I’m here to be your co-pilot: to keep us on track and help navigate where things might get tricky. I greatly encourage honest feedback and am committed to helping you find the help and healing that you need.

Professional Qualifications and Experience

I graduated in 2011 from Liberty University with my Master’s in Professional Counseling. I immediately began working for a public mental health agency in East Tennessee, where I predominantly worked with children and youth. In working for that large agency, I was able to gain a wealth of experience in all areas of mental health. In 2015, I moved to Nashville, TN and started working for an integrated Christian Agency that offered medical and mental health services. It was there that I began working with more adults and specializing in trauma. I also have experience running my own private practice, where I worked up until joining the Cornerstone team.

Personal Life and Interests

I was born in Tennessee and lived there most of my life. I love the mountains, and I love adventure, so I spend most of my free time enjoying time outdoors with family and friends. I love to travel and experience new things. I love good coffee and good food. Nothing fills my cup more than just being with the people I love and experiencing life together. I feel pretty confident in saying that I have some of THE BEST people, both family and good friends, by my side. I was married for 6 ½ years before my husband tragically passed away in a car accident. He passed away only 3 days before our first son was born, so I am certainly not a stranger to hardship or difficult journeys. But I feel that pain is not wasted. God has given me a purpose to share my story to hopefully inspire others. God is writing my story in every way, and I can see his handiwork all over it, in even the tiniest details.

I’ve always loved Colorado, so in the summer of 2019 my son and I took a leap and made a fresh start here, and we are loving it. I’m excited to see what the future brings!

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