LAURYN ESTRADA, APCC
Client Focus: Adults and Partners
Areas of Focus: Grief, Transitions, Sexual/Relationship Health
Modalities: CBT, Internal Family Systems, Narrative, Non-Violent Communication
I believe that the greatest gift I can offer as a therapist is to hold a safe space for clients to explore any and all of their feelings, beliefs, and ideas without judgement. I am passionate about connecting with clients through an integrative and holistic approach that equally values their thoughts, emotions, spirituality, bodies, cultures, and diverse experiences. In addressing these various parts of individuals I aspire to help them validate and explore their experiences as opportunities for growth and healing.
I believe that many mental health challenges emerge from spaces of unidentified and invalidated experiences of loss. When individuals are not given space to grieve the changes in their lives, the energy used to contain their emotions can manifest as symptoms of anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, or anger. By providing an opportunity to acknowledge, address, and honor their sense of loss, whether recent or historical, their accompanying symptoms are impacted as well.
I predominately utilize interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems, Non-Violent Communication, and Narrative Therapy with a strong emphasis on self-compassion. I see great significance in one’s use of language and invite my clients to explore how their word choice reveals underlying beliefs about themselves and the world. The use of cognitive coping skills, breathwork, grounding techniques, rituals, and a consistent focus on grace empowers individuals to feel safe in their present while maintaining hope for their futures.
Given this, I am drawn to working with individuals in seasons of transition and identity development. I enjoy joining clients as they process their faith practices, upbringings, career goals, and relationships. My prior experiences have allowed me to work with an array of people spanning from children to people in mid-life. My undergraduate degree in Visual Art allows me to integrate creative modalities while my experience working at religious institutions provides me with insight on a multitude of spiritual experiences.
I am always learning and continually honored by the opportunity to collaborate with clients as we discover creative solutions to their complex and unique circumstances.
licenses & certifications
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 8567
Supervised by Robyn Buresh, LMFT 91826
experience & training
Healing the Wounds of Trauma, May 2021
Grief Summit: Grief Counseling and Treatment in a Pandemic of Loss, April 2021
The Body Remembers Grief Yoga 2021
Parenting Forward: Parenting After Purity Culture, February 2021
Polyvagal Theory, August 2020
The Body Keeps the Score Training, January 2020
TF-CBT, December 2019
Deconstructing Whiteness in Academia, Embracing Racial Justice and Healing, March 2019
Restorative Justice Facilitator, June 2019
Enneagram Trainings, November 2017 & January 2018
memberships & achievements
AASECT-American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists, Member since 2022
"Clinical Considerations of the Evangelical Purity Movement's Impact on Female Sexuality." Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 2021
California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Associate Member since 2021
Verified by Psychology Today
Bastyr University July 2020
M.A. Counseling Psychology
Point Loma Nazarene University May 2013
B.A. Visual Arts with minor in General Communications
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