Gaining Insights/Clarifying Theoretical Perspective/Clinical Skills/Work-Life Balance/Conflict Resolution/Confidence
Background and Education
Lauren K. Kaufmann, MA, LCMHCS spent two semesters counseling students with a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, and psychological concerns at Appalachian State University's (ASU) Counseling and Psychological Services Center, an American Psychological Association approved site. After graduation from App State with a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling, she worked as a school-based therapist for Asheville City and Buncombe County schools. Currently, Lauren works full time at a local mental health residential treatment community where she is employed as the Recovery Coordinator Director for the Asheville Community Program, which involves supervising a team of Recovery Coordinators in their solution-focused therapy work with residents.
More About Lauren:
Chronic health concerns
Grief and loss
Additional Experience & Training
Lauren Kaufmann, MA, LCMHCS has received continuing education on a wide variety of topics: trauma-informed CBT, LGBT issues, and Community Resilience Model (CRM), to name a few. She spent 3 years working with children aged 5-17 where she learned first-hand about family dynamics and issues unique to Appalachian culture. Lauren Kaufmann, MA, LCMHCS also has life experience with an autoimmune disease, which brings passion and experience to her work with clients who have significant and chronic health challenges. Most recently, she completed a 40-hour training on Clinical Supervision through UNC-Greensboro and obtained her LCMHC-Supervisor license in the State of North Carolina on November 22, 2019.
Lauren Kaufmann, MA, LCMHCS draws from a variety of theoretical backgrounds when engaging in the therapeutic relationship. She primarily draws from Adlerian perspectives, Choice Theory, and Positive Psychology. Lauren has some training in transactional analysis, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) grounding skills. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is another large aspect of therapy with Lauren. When engaged in couples counseling, Lauren Kaufmann, MA, LCMHCS utilizes her training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), along with the above mentioned orientations.
Though this is not a "theoretical orientation", Lauren Kaufmann, MA, LCMHCS values the role of homework in both therapy and in supervision. Homework has a unique way of cultivating growth into your personal, professional, and social life. Homework can be official, like a worksheet, or something you do and report back how you felt, journaling or creating art. Most often, the homework "assigned" is spontaneous and unique to you! Which leads to another "theoretical orientation" - valuing spontaneity and humor!