Lauren King (she/her/hers), AMFT

About Me

I came to this career after experiencing the benefits of therapy myself and it deeply informs my approach. I consider the decision to begin therapy the best thing I ever did for myself, resulting in growth, insight, and a more authentic life than I ever imagined possible. I have utmost gratitude for the unconditional faith my therapist showed me, that gave me the courage to make big changes in my life. This positive experience is my wish for you.

This experience created an approach that recognizes our shared humanity and seeks to generate greater insight in pursuit of a more authentic life. I believe that increased awareness leads to growth and change, allowing us to make intentional decisions that feel aligned with our truest selves. I have been privileged to work alongside many teens, young adults, and couples as they move towards growth.

I work from a social justice lens that seeks to recognize each of our intersecting identities and make space for conversations about how they may impact our work. I believe that just as your identities matter, mine may too, and part of my approach includes acknowledging this and sharing some with you as you’re considering how we might work together. I identify as a white, queer, able-bodied, and cisgender therapist and recognize the privilege that comes with this. I’m aware of how privileged therapists have historically harmed marginalized folks through discrimination and mistrust and hold myself accountable to ongoing self-reflection and growth.

I look forward to learning more about your values, identities, and experiences and exploring how we might partner together to help you move towards a more meaningful life.

 

Couples & Relationship Counseling

Often, couples find themselves stuck in the same argument. The specific details may vary, but the underlying emotions are consistent. Over time, these negative patterns become practiced and reinforced, with both partners participating in the cycle. My approach looks to explore the underlying emotional needs and enhance communication skills to deepen connection through vulnerability. I work from a strengths based and emotional focused approach, where we will reinforce the positive aspects of your relationship while growing safety and connectedness.

My practice is LGBTQIA+ affirming and welcoming to polyamorous folks.

 

Relationship therapy can benefit those hoping to

  • deepen connection
  • grow ability to hear one another
  • enhance communication skills
  • improve sexual connection and pleasure
  • discover unhelpful patterns
  • navigate relationship transitions – opening up, becoming parents, conscious uncoupling
  • find understanding across different values
  • rebuild trust
  • repair emotional wounds

 

Education

  • M.A. Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco
  • B.S. Advertising and Sociology, University of Illinois

 

Past experience

  • Adolescent therapist with Richmond Area Multi Services
  • California State Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor

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