Lauren Maher, MA, AMFT
I am a therapist who is passionate about helping people reduce stress and anxiety in order to find a path towards happiness and healing. I believe that we all function our best in a safe, non-judgmental environment, and therapy can give you an open space to discuss things that you might prefer not to discuss elsewhere. I aim to work collaboratively with my clients, helping them find tools to lead a more stable and fulfilled life. I have worked with a variety of clientele, and have experience with such issues as:
Anxiety and depression
Complex trauma and PTSD
Grief and loss
Relationship issues and co-dependency
I draw from my knowledge of various styles and techniques to create an experience that is tailored to your unique needs. I believe that you are the expert on you, but that I can serve as a guide to help you reframe or reprocess what might stand in your way. I believe it is important to emphasize your own inherent strengths as we work together to help you find a greater sense of resiliency and resourcefulness. Additionally, I am particularly interested in the link between the body and mind, and enjoy teaching my clients practical tools to help reduce stress and anxiety.
I graduated with a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University, and have counseled adults, adolescents, couples, and families at the Center for Individual and Family Counseling and weSPARK Cancer Support Center, as well as in my private practice in Encino, California. I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT97668), supervised by Susan Levin, LMFT, license number 47760.
In addition to my counseling work, I am an internationally certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and yoga instructor. Since 2001, I have taught yoga, mindfulness, and meditation in a wide variety of settings. I specialize in teaching yoga to cancer patients during and post treatment, and have worked extensively with weSPARK Cancer Support Center and the Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Hospital. I have been a regular guest lecturer for Mission Hills Providence Hospital's Wellness Through Awareness program and have served as an "Ask the Expert" contributor for Quantia MD, an online resource for physicians. Additionally, I worked with eating disorder patients for five years at the Bella Vita Eating Disorder Clinic, a residential treatment facility. I often work with those who have chronic illnesses (such as Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, & auto-immune disorders), chronic pain, and injuries.
My background as a yoga therapist affords me a keen insight into the physiological issues associated with stress, trauma, and anxiety. Prior to specializing in the wellness industry, I worked for many years in the creative arts. I have a great respect for the creative process and for unique issues that artists face while pursuing their dreams and goals.
M.A. Clinical Psychology -- Antioch University
Yoga Therapy RX Certification -- Loyola Marymount University
B.A. Theatre Arts -- Marymount Manhattan College
Theatre Studies -- Richmond College, London, UK
Workshops and Trainings (partial list):
Level 1 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy Training -- Institute for Creative Mindfulness
Level 1 TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model) Training -- Trauma Resource Institute
KRI Kundalini Yoga Certification -- Yoga West
Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Training with Judith Lasater
Rinzai Zen: Mindfulness and Stress Reduction with Takafumi Kawakami
Narrative Therapy Workshop with Lucy Cotter
The Psychology of Chronic Illness and Disability with Kristen Conover
Therapeutic Issues in Managing Traumatic Stress and Anger with Phaizon Wood
Reiki Training (Level 1) -- American Reiki Academy
Reiki Training (Level 2-Master) -- Chiropractic Center of Healing
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)