I built River Oaks Psychology because I don’t want ANYONE to ever feel alone.
My mission is to create possibilities where loneliness can be alleviated for as many people as possible. I believe in helping people feel heard, valued, and understood. I work to authentically see people as who they are truly meant to be. That’s the only way to live your most fulfilling life. It’s the only way to exist with meaning and purpose. I work so hard to help people feel like you truly belong here because that is the only way you can unlock your potential and engender healthier ways to relate to yourself and the world around you.
With the right support, you can discover human-to human empathy, emotional attunement, and authentic understanding that will serve as catalysts for empowerment.
Diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at age two, Lauren has been using a power wheelchair since she was five years old. Lauren can barely move her muscles but sitting on the sidelines was never an option for her. She fiercely ignored social expectations and misguided stereotypes about disabilities. Instead, Lauren blazed trails and focused on defining her own life.
Lauren reflected on her personal empowerment and realized that an important part of her success stems from the fact that she never thought she was that different from anyone else, despite her inability to use muscles. Since birth, she adapted her body in such profound ways that flexible thinking, problem-solving, and resourcefulness became second nature to her, strengthening her ability to succeed.
But as Lauren threw herself into the world growing up, she was also acutely aware of social inequalities, judgment, lack of resources, misunderstandings, insecurities, mental illness, self-doubt, chronic discouragement, unresolved trauma, broken relationships, invalidation, unachieved dreams, feeling stuck, shame, and loneliness that make life harder for all people struggling to thrive.
This inspired Lauren to use her clinical social work training to become a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. She discovered her soul-enriching purpose in the mental health field. There is no other professional field that compares to therapists providing genuine space for others to feel heard, understood, and accepted.
Aligned with her core beliefs, Lauren discovered that people find wellness when they have access to safe spaces where they feel seen, valued, and emotionally connected to another human. She realized that for many people, it can be hard to find those spaces in the world where we feel like we truly belong. She saw how loneliness and the absence of belonging often leads to feeling misunderstood, disempowered, and undervalued (all contributing factors to mental illness).
And then – determined to build something where people never have to feel alone, she created River Oaks Psychology, a telehealth company providing effective online therapy to more people in more places. With a dedicated team of person-centered clinicians, getting help and feeling wholeheartedly supported wherever you are is now easier than ever before.
River Oaks is the name of Lauren’s childhood neighborhood and the street name where she grew up. It’s where her parents lived for more than 25 years and where she always felt “home.” From middle school to high school and college breaks on River Oaks Drive, Lauren found herself here. When developing River Oaks Psychology, she wanted a name that would reflect her roots. We often learn the most about ourselves by reflecting on the places we have come from, discovering deeply-rooted patterns, and revealing new possibilities for growth. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
I approach psychotherapy with the understanding that no single theory or technique can explain our complicated histories, identities, or abilities. My work tends to be very person-centered, as I closely hold the values of empathy, compassion, and unconditional positive regard for others. I consider effective therapy to be possible when the relationship between patient and therapist is team-oriented. Recognizing individuals as the experts on their own lives, I desire strong therapeutic alliances with people and view therapy as a partnership in which we work together to determine the direction and content of the therapeutic process.
Life is hard enough. Don’t do it alone. You’re exhausted. You’re tired of faking it. You just need space. You’re feeling stuck. And maybe a little unsure about beginning therapy. I get it. I’ve been there. We all have shit to figure out.
I want you to be unapologetic. Yell, scream, cry, swear, vent, share your deepest secrets, whatever – I will ALWAYS accept you and care about you. I strongly believe there is often no more profound experience than being heard, understood, and accepted. So I will listen and accept who YOU ((authentically)) are – always.