Lauren Mulligan, BA

Engaging in therapy allows us to move towards a more integrated version of ourselves.
Through a responsive and holistic approach, Lauren supports clients to foster resilience as they find healing and growth. Firmly committed to principles of relational therapy, Lauren views her role as therapist as one of collaborative partnership with her clients.

With training in yoga, mindfulness, dance/movement therapy, and social work, Lauren meets the unique needs of each client through a dynamic and multi-pronged approach. She appreciates that experiences of oppression and trauma, along with experiences liberation and pleasure are both embodied and psychological phenomena. She takes seriously the ways social identities and the role of power inform our life experiences, and centers anti-oppressive and trauma-responsive models in her work.

Lauren views the therapeutic relationship as central to the growth process, and works with you to create a space that feels supported, brave, and aligned with your vision for change. She knows that as the client, you are the first and foremost expert of your own life. She fosters a space that embraces the complexities and fluidity of identity and welcomes members of the LGBTQIA+ and “alternative” relationship communities to work with her.

In addition to experience in working with queer folx, Lauren has experience and/or interest in:

● Women’s issues
● LGBTQIA+ and sexual minorities
● Children & youth
● Couples
● Poly/non-monogamous relationships
● Trauma
● Anxiety
● Depression
● Mood disorders
● Stress management

Using an integrative therapeutic approach Lauren draws from training in:

● Dance/movement therapy
● Yoga & mindfulness
● Feminist relational therapy
● Empowerment theory
● Anti-oppressive practice
● Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
● Memory Reconsolidation Therapy
● Play therapy
● Psychodynamic therapy
● Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
● Family Systems Theory

Lauren completed her bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Women’s Studies at Vassar College. She is currently obtaining her Master of Arts in Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and her Registered Dance/Movement Therapist credential at the Embodied Education Institute of Chicago. She has professional experience working with adults experiencing chronic psychosis and mood disorders, incarcerated and at-risk youth, and children exposed to trauma. Lauren offers a low, affordable sliding scale appointments in Naperville and Chicago for clients, and can work with people who may not have insurance coverage, or who have Medicaid/Medicare.

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