As a depth clinician, I appreciate a client’s symptoms as a pathway for transformation and self-understanding. Experiences such a negative self-talk, low self-confidence, and general or event related anxiety, can have a larger purpose in one’s development.
In the arena of safe and caring therapeutic relationship, these symptoms can be amplified and explored. I partner with my clients to become curious about and interested in the presence of painful and challenging experiences. It is in the appreciation of a symptom that transformation, deeper understanding, and integration can occur.
My work is grounded in Depth Psychology. Depth work is soulful, creative, and interdisciplinary. I approach the therapeutic relationship from a Person-Centered orientation. This means as a clinician I come to the therapeutic relationship authentically: grounded, vulnerable, yet true to myself. I accept my client’s experiences without judgement and I step into my client’s experiences with deep empathy. The result in session is that clients feel seen, felt, heard, and understood.
I work with, teens, adults, and couples on a variety of issues including:
- Challenges with consistency in performance and training in sport
- Anxiety, depression, self-doubt
- Body image concerns
- Disordered eating behaviors
- Starting or ending school sport
- Grief and loss
Education and Research
I graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, focusing my research on the process of individuation, Jung’s concept of becoming a more whole person, and the intersection of a life in individual sport.
My Master’s thesis Constellating Solitude: The Path of the Hero and Orphan Archetypes in Individual Sport explores how depth psychology can help athletes tend to their souls in a way that sport psychology cannot.
Lauren has also has a Master’s degree from The Ohio State University in Sport Management.
I completed my clinical internship at the Mind Springs Health Clinic in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with a focus on treating individuals with challenges around eating disorders, anxiety, depression, gender identity exploration and expression, communication, sex and intimacy, and relationship concerns.
I served as a support group facilitator for Bulimia Nervosa patients at The Center for Balanced Living, an eating disorder clinic in Columbus, Ohio. I aksi served on the board of trustees and had the opportunity to work closely with founder, Dr. Laura Hill where she was able to raise awareness and increase funding for ongoing research at the center.
I have competed as a high performing triathlete for 20 years, and have been a high-performance endurance coach for over a decade and is the owner of Valiant Endurance.
I strive to understand athlete’s lives and appreciates how life as an athlete or high performer can impact relationships, family dynamics, and an individual’s sense of oneself.
Feel free to schedule a fifteen-minute call to answer any questions and see if we might be a good fit.
To Your Health,
Lauren Vallee, MA, LPCc
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