I am the owner and founder of Jones Family Counseling Center, PLLC. As a counselor, work to offer therapy which best suits the individual child and family needs. I am trained in EMDR through the EMDR Institute. I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy through the The International Centre For Exellence In Emotionally Focused Therapy. I am a graduate of Johnson University here in Knoxville, Tennessee. I previously served as an adjunct lecturer for the Behavioral and Social Sciences School teaching Interpersonal Family Relationships and Family and Resource Community Management. I have also worked in community mental health and as a staff member in a college counseling center. I hold credentials as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I am liscensed as Profesional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider with the State of Tennessee Health Boards.
I value my clients and meeting you where you are at. I specialize in trauma, grief and loss. I work with children, teens, adults, couples and families. I use a variety of thearpy tehchniques such as play therapy, art therapy, Attachemnt Focused Eye Movement Desentization Reprocessing, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Lauren has completed a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from a CACREP accredited program and undergraduate work in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. She is currently seeking licensure in the state of Tennessee for Professional Mental Health Counseling under supervision. She is passionate about empowering clients to step into who they were made to be with confidence in their strengths and abilities. Using a person-centered, attachment based approach, she enjoys working with relational issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, communication issues, boundaries, and more. Her experience includes working in multiple treatment settings as well as community development and agriculture work with HIV+ women, children, and families in Uganda. Lauren enjoys living in beautiful East Tennessee and spending time with her husband and two children.
I genuinely believe each person is their own best therapist. However, sometimes we hit the wall, we can’t understand how we ended up here, or how we are supposed to get back on the path. The work of therapy isn’t easy, it can be painful, and overwhelming… lonely. My goal is to help you through that time, to help you grow, and to understand more fully how to achieve the life that you want. I love helping others achieve a healthy relationship with themselves and I feel privileged to stand beside my clients as they face their problems, sharing my wisdom, knowledge, and training in mental healing.
My work with clients is uniquely tailored for each person, but that said, I offer specific treatments related to depression, stress management, anxiety and panic disorders, trauma recovery, and suicide. The types of therapy I utilize (ACT & RCT) give me a way to help others communicate their story, attend to the meaning they are making, and develop awareness about the things they hold valuable and that they want to understand. Using a deep awareness of the impact of cultural and systemic influences, I can then orient to my client’s sense of belonging and connection with the world around them. This gives me a way to communicate the impact of those systems on my client’s development of mind, heart, spirit, and body (holism) through their lifelong journey into a more profound understanding of what that means.
I know and respect the very real impact of life on our mental health and wellbeing. When we add trauma into the mix, sometimes it feels like we are broken. I want you to know, I don’t look at you that way, but I do think you need help. We all need help sometimes. I have made it my life’s work to help people love themselves and their lives again. I hope you will trust me with your process. I am comfortable with all client age groups and available for individual, family, or couples therapy sessions.