Lauren Kennedy, LICSWA
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I knew that I wanted to be a therapist at a young age. I have always enjoyed helping others and listening to people’s stories. I believe that an important part of therapy is the therapeutic relationship between myself and clients. I like to approach therapy with open communication, honesty, and humor! As a therapist, my goal is to help clients discover their strengths, while introducing coping skills and theories to help clients improve their overall well-being.
My background is working in community mental health and in school-based mental health programs for high school students. I enjoy working with pre-teens, teens and young adults. Adolescence and early adulthood often come with life transitions, which can result in depression, anxiety, self-esteem struggles, and more. As your therapist, I am here to help you learn how to navigate the ups and downs of life events and teach you skills to help you sustain positive health.
I am currently a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work Associate in Washington State. I received my Master of Social Work degree through Fordham University.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, friends, my partner and our two cats – Maggie and Ulysses. I also enjoy baking, catching up on TV shows, and trying new coffee shops and restaurants.
I look forward to getting to know you!
Specialties and areas of focus
- Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Kids/Teens (10+)
- Young Adults
- School Issues
- Divorce transition
Q&A with Lauren
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I tend to work with the client to address the problem that led them to therapy first. I find that working on the immediate problem first will help the client and I uncover the deeper issue to the current problem.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I do a little of both. I allow the client to decide what their comfort level is in leading sessions and adjust accordingly.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I take my relationship with clients very seriously. I value building a strong therapeutic alliance with clients and establishing a trusting, compassionate, and positive environment. My strengths are my honesty and sincerity. I enjoy lifting up clients and allowing them to realize their strengths as individuals.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I am a huge animal lover, so if I could have only one superpower it would be to be able to hear and understand what animals are saying and for them to understand what I say. I would love to know what animals think about and know why they act the way they do at times.
5.) What makes you laugh?
It doesn’t take much to make me laugh. I laugh at our two cats all the time, they are always up to some sort of shenanigans. I also enjoy spending time with close friends, family, and watching funny shows, such as The Office.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?