Lauren Presutti, MEd, EdS, LLMSW

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.

EDUCATION

  • MSW, Grand Valley State University
  • EdS, Grand Valley State University
  • MEd, Grand Valley State University
  • BS, Central Michigan University

WORKS WITH

  • Teens
  • Adults

TYPES OF THERAPY

  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

LAUREN'S STYLE

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.

In my work, I listen to and organize the narratives and presenting problems of my patients. This allows me to attend to particular themes and issues, which in turn lead me to identify particular etiological pathways and consider potential treatment goals and desired outcomes that frame the work we engage in. I value the use of cognitive-behavioral techniques and trust in the importance of challenging and changing unhelpful thinking patterns, improving maladaptive behaviors, and developing effective coping strategies. I also draw from dialectical behavioral therapy, specifically mindfulness and skills for emotional regulation. By incorporating different therapeutic techniques, my goal is to collaboratively create tailored treatment plans that can be successfully integrated into the daily lives of my patients.

SPECIALTIES

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Empowerment
  • Resiliency
  • Attachment Concerns
  • Acceptance Work
  • College Students
  • Life Adjustments
  • Perfectionists
  • High-Archivers
  • People-Pleasing
  • Self-Esteem / Confidence
  • Relationships and Boundaries
  • Unmet Emotional Needs / Reparenting
  • Self-Sabotaging / Being Worthy of Happiness
  • Medical Conditions / Chronic Illness
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Minority Experiences / Oppression
  • LGTBQIA+ Identity Development
  • Vulnerability Struggles

INSURANCE

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • or Private Pay
 
MORE INSURANCE ACCEPTED SOON!

FAVORITE SELF-CARE

  • Working on creative digital projects near a fireplace with classic Coke to drink (my soda addiction is a struggle!)
  • Board games (Pictionary, Taboo, Trivial Pursuit, Scattergories, Mad Gab, Logo, Codenames, etc.)
  • Maintaining enough safe outlets to express myself, whether through conversations or through writing
  • Long, hot showers after a stressful day with all my favorite Bath & Body Works products

FUN FACTS

  • I live with a chronic health condition called congenital myopathy (which is a form of Muscular Dystrophy)
  • I’m a big fan of summer camps for both kids and adults, there’s just something about camp experiences that bond people together!
  • My music library is a random collection of single hits, “That one song that goes like this… no idea who the artist is.” I don’t have time to follow media to know who’s who!
  • I studied abroad 4 times in college, but now I’m much more attracted to creating roots in my own community vs. traveling anywhere out of town.
  • I have considered careers in journalism, marine biology, education, business, and graphic design. Being in the mental health field is by far my truest passion and life purpose.

LIFE MOTTO

  • If you love someone, tell them.
  • Fall 7 times, stand up 8.
  • The grass is green where you water it.