about me

hi! my name is Lauren.

 

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#20126) and a Professional Art Therapist working in Vancouver, BC. My primary clinical experience has been with Vancouver Coastal Health's Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions team and Foundry BC. I also run a self-exploration group for Christian counselling students. Prior to my work and training as a counsellor, I studied visual arts at UBC, ran a freelance photography business, and taught music to young people.

Background

I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC in a culturally blended and dynamic environment. I identify as a mixed-race, second generation Filipino-Canadian. Growing up, I struggled with my mental health due to chronic health concerns and societal expectations. Mental health was not a topic that was talked about in my formative years and I lacked the language and spaces to express the big feelings and complex thoughts that I had. But going through therapy and using art, writing, and photography intuitively became spaces for me to connect with myself and work through difficult emotions. Now, I've dedicated my career to giving back to support those who have gone through similar challenges.

A picture of me and my cat.


Education & Qualifications


Professional Art Therapist of the Canadian Art Therapy Association

Registered Clinical Counsellor of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC #20126)

Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy (MCP:AT) from Adler University

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (BA) from the University of British Columbia

Approaches & Modalities


Narrative Therapy, Art Therapy, Somatic Internal Family Systems, Adlerian Therapy, EFFT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Christian Faith & Spirituality, Mindfulness, Culturally Informed, Trauma-Informed, Person-Centered, Strengths Based, Biopsychosocial-spiritual Model of Care


Ongoing Professional Development


BalancedView: Addressing Weigh Bias and Stigma in Healthcare by BC Children's Hospital (June 2024)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Interior Health (May 2024)

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality & Relationships by Pete & Geri Scazzero (Feb-Mar 2024)

ADHD Inside and Out 2 Day Training with Dan Duncan, ADHD Coach (Feb 2024)

Emotion Focused Family Therapy Core 1 & 2 with Foundry BC (Jan 2024)

Ongoing Group Art Therapy Supervision with Lindsay Clarke, RCAT (ongoing since Mar 2023)

CATA Conference: Coming Home, Culture Hope and Connection in St. John's Newfoundland (Aug 2023)

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training: Core Mental Health by San’yas Anti-racism Indigenous Cultural Safety Education (Jun 2022)

Narrative Therapy: Applied Skills of Narrative Practice with Stephen Madigan Ph.D. & David Rock Nylund Ph.D. (Nov 2021)

Narrative Therapy: Online 5-Day Foundations Certificate Training with Stephan Madigan Ph.D., David Nylund Ph.D., Todd May Ph.D., Rosa Arteaga MA, David Marsten MA, and Lorraine Hedtke Ph.D. (Oct 2021)

Solution Focused Brief Therapy Training with Vancouver Coastal Health/Foundry BC (Sept 2021)


Resources I use


Emotionally Healthy Spirituality & Relationships by Pete & Geri Scazzero

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Dr. Kristen Neff


What is Art Therapy?

Art and creative expression serves as another language, often a common language, that can be accessed when processing confusing or overwhelming emotions. It combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. It can be adapted to meet a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional needs. Art Therapy is appropriate for all ages and presenting concerns. Experience with art and artistic skills are not required to receive the therapeutic benefits of art therapy.

Learn more about Art Therapy here