Lauren Stuart, MS.Ed. MPhil.Ed.

Resident in Counseling

In-Office Sessions: McLean (map it)
Teletherapy for residents of: Virginia
In-Office Sessions:
 McLean (map it)
 
Teletherapy for residents of:
 Virginia
Client Population(s):
  • Adolescent (14-17)
  • Adult (25+)
  • Child (7-10)
  • Family
  • Tween (11-13)
  • Young Adult (18-25)
  • Young Child (3-6)
Primary Modality(ies):
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Family Systems
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Person Centered
  • Play Therapy

One’s experience in therapy should be as unique as they are as a person.

In working with my clients, I do not use a one-size-fits-all approach because it assumes that one treatment or modality can meet the various needs of different clients. People come to counseling for a variety of reasons, anxiety, job stress, grief, parenting, a breakup, trauma, and so much more. Regardless of the reason, counseling can help one heal or overcome a difficulty in life. As a counselor, I want to create a space for my clients to bring themselves and their challenges as they are, and without fear of judgement.

I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families on a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, autism, trauma, behavioral concerns, intellectual disabilities, life-transitions, self-esteem, disordered eating, parenting, and family dynamics. At the core of my work is creating a warm, authentic, and non-judgmental space for my clients as they go through the counseling process. I use an eclectic approach to tailor my work to the needs of my clients, drawing from CBT, family systems, person-centered, and psychodynamic practices.

In my work with children, I use a variety of tools, including play therapy, to work with each child individually. Working with adolescents and adults, I believe it is essential to work with them within the context of their environment and relationships. With children and adolescents, I believe that parental figures are an integral component in the counseling process, and as such, I believe in incorporating them into their child’s treatment. With families, we can work together to target a family’s goals and explore healthy forms of communication and boundaries.

More About Me:
  • I grew up in Arlington, VA.
  • In my free time I enjoy playing guitar, painting, reading, and spending time with
    friends, family, and pets.
  • I am a mom to a French Lop bunny and lots of plants.
  • I love traveling and learning about different places and cultures.
Specialty(ies):
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety / Panic
  • Attention Disorders (ADHD)
  • Autism / Neurodivergence
  • Bipolar/Mood Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Conduct and Impulse Control
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Family Dynamics
  • Parenting
  • Social Skills
  • Trauma and PTSD
Education and Training:
  • Dual Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania; M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services and M.Phil.Ed. in Professional Counseling
  • Dual Bachelor’s degrees from the College of William and Mary in Psychology and Kinesiology
  • Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
Credentials:
Resident in Counseling
Prelicense:
VA 0704014021
Supervised by:
Katie Clark, LPC, RPT, NCC

I look forward to supporting your mental health journey.

If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation, please fill out the request form or call our office (703-534-5100) and request to speak to me.