Lauren Miller, AMFT
Registered Associate MFT under supervision by Lena Axelsson, LMFT # 47915
Lauren believes that every person faces unique challenges and opportunities during their life journey. She understands that painful and difficult struggles can have a profound impact on our well-being. She also believes that each person can take steps towards growth and healing, in addition to finding joy and new meaning in their day-to-day life. It takes courage to recognize each of our own unique needs and struggles, and she admires the strength it takes to reach out for support and help.
As a therapist, she believes that developing safety is a crucial first step in beginning therapy, and that a strong therapeutic relationship is the foundation of ongoing therapeutic work. By creating a safe, accepting, and non-judgmental space, she helps support individuals as they take steps toward exploring challenges at their own pace.
She specializes in working with children and adults who are struggling with the impacts of trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, life transitions and individuals who are seeking self-exploration. Her therapeutic approach draws on Psychodynamic and Attachment theory to understand how our relationships influence our self-concept, feelings, beliefs and our way of interacting with the world and other people. In her clinical work, she focuses on the here and now as well as interpersonal processes in order to help individuals with emotional exploration of past and present. She works collaboratively with individuals to support them in the growth process that takes place in therapy.
She earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. She has experience working with children, adults and families in community mental health settings, clinics, and schools.