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.
Journey-Making and Story-Telling. We make our way along the path of life, sharing wisdom and knowledge as we encounter each other. Many of the things we need are already a part of us; we just need to understand them to use them. We understand these things through communication, which can take many forms. While I typically use an integrated approach to therapy, the way I generally practice can be conveyed with the following two meta-theories. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gives 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. I do not believe that everything happens for a reason. However, I do believe that we are shaped by everything that happens to us. This means we are profoundly influenced by the systems surrounding us. Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT) helps me orient to my client’s sense of belonging and connection with the world around them. It 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 am comfortable with all client age groups and available for individual, family, and small group therapy sessions.
My Personal Journey and Story. In addition to being a licensed mental health counselor, I also hold a license in school counseling, a certification in ASIST Suicide Prevention, I am Therapeutic Crisis Intervention instructor, and recently certified in telehealth services. I am currently a doctoral student in the Counselor Education program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. All of that was to say that I am passionate about educating others about mental health and removing the stigma surrounding mental health and mental health services. I am a curious, philosophical-type person with an artistic nature. I have lived all over the U.S., which has given me a rich cultural awareness and deep empathy for the many circumstances humans encounter. I use those real-life experiences along with well-researched, evidence-based counseling practices to help others understand the complexities of the mind and our relationships with the world around us. I now live in Knoxville, with my partner and the youngest of our two children (they are 19 years apart!) as well as a little yellow dog, Charlie, and a little black cat, Midnight. I do other things, too. I travel, cook, paint, read mysteries, watch a disproportionate amount of British TV, listen to old-school punk and classic jazz, and nerd ALL the things. So, I am older than I look, and that is important for the context of my accomplishments listed here.