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About Lauren Vanchina


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An independent contractor.


  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)


  • BA, Psychology, University of Iowa
  • MSW, University of Minnesota

Hi! I’m Lauren. I provide therapy for ages 3 years to adults in individual therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy.

The most frequent feedback I hear from clients is that I am vibrant, direct, compassionate, hopeful, and realistic as a therapist. I believe the foundation of change lies in building an authentic and trusting therapeutic relationship. I focus on creating a space where each person’s unique experiences, strengths, and goals are honored.

Two tools I prioritize are play and exploring unidentified possibilities—when we are struggling with a new issue or old pattern, it’s natural that playfulness and hope shrink and are hard to find, which can hold us back from making the changes we want! I’m trained and experienced in ways to unshrink the playfulness and hope while also holding space for the big, real feelings about what you’re facing.

I have experience working with children and teens (and their families) on issues related to anxiety, mood disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, concerning behaviors, attachment disruption, adjustment to stressors, relationship difficulties, and the impacts of chronic stress and trauma.

I’m also experienced in working with couples balancing their romantic relationship with with raising their family. Navigating real relationships are hard, and I’m here to help couples process experiences, develop new patterns, and build connection.

I have training in Emotion Focused Couple Therapy, Integrated Attachment Family Therapy, Developmental Repair, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, relational psychotherapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Theraplay, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, various forms of Play Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. I am working toward certification as a Registered Play Therapist.

Outside of work, I love spending time with friends and family outside, camping, kayaking, gardening, and letting my big dog pull me uphill on hikes.