Lauren Maher is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (#IMF97668) who is passionate about helping her clients grow, evolve, and heal. Lauren graduated with a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University, and has counseled adults, adolescents, couples, and families at the Center for Individual and Family Counseling (CIFC) in North Hollywood. Lauren currently works in private practice in Encino, California, where she is supervised by Susan Levin, LMFT, license number 47760.

Lauren believes that we all function our best in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Lauren aims to work collaboratively with her clients, helping them find tools to lead a more stable and fulfilled life. Lauren has worked with a variety of clientele, including individuals with anxiety, depression, complex trauma, PTSD, grief, anger, and relationship problems. Lauren does not subscribe to any one style of therapy; rather, she draws from her knowledge of various techniques to create an experience that is tailored to the unique needs of each client. Lauren is particularly interested in the link between the body and mind, and enjoys teaching her clients practical tools to reduce stress and anxiety. 

Background: 

In addition to her counseling work, Lauren is an internationally certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and yoga instructor. Since 2001, Lauren has taught yoga, mindfulness, and meditation in a wide variety of settings. She specializes in teaching yoga to cancer patients during and post treatment, and has worked extensively with weSPARK Cancer Support Center and the Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Hospital. Lauren has been a regular guest lecturer for Mission Hills Providence Hospital's Wellness Through Awareness program and serves as an "Ask the Expert" contributor for Quantia MD, an online resource for physicians. Additionally, she worked with eating disorder patients for five years at the Bella Vita Eating Disorder Clinic, a residential treatment facility. Lauren often works with those who have chronic illnesses (such as Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, & auto-immune disorders), chronic pain, and injuries. 

Lauren’s background as a yoga therapist affords her a keen insight into the physiological issues associated with stress, trauma, and anxiety. Prior to specializing in the wellness industry, Lauren worked for many years in the creative arts. She has a great respect for the creative process and for unique issues that artists face while pursuing their dreams and goals. 

Education:

Antioch University – M.A. Clinical Psychology

Loyola Marymount University – Yoga Therapy RX Certification

Marymount Manhattan College – B.A. Theatre Arts

Richmond College, London – Theatre Studies