Hi! I’m Lauren, the Clinical Fellow at Shoreline Counselling!
I have worked in the mental health field for ten years in various positions with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Three of these years I worked on an outreach team in the downtown east-side neighbourhood of Vancouver. It was this role, where I worked with some of the most marginalized and at-risk populations in the city, that inspired me to pursue a profession in which I could offer deeper support and connection.
I am so grateful to have completed my Masters in Counselling degree, and to have had the honour of interning at Shoreline Counselling for the past year.
I have a special interest in chronic pain management and rehabilitation and wrote my thesis on chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis. I am also interested in a wide-variety of mental health concerns, everything from anxiety and depression to substance-use and life transitions.
I approach my work from a trauma-informed, body-centered somatic lens, where I focus on integrating the mind and body, and healing the parts of ourselves that remain stuck from childhood injuries and traumas.
I am passionate about encouraging my clients to recognize their own unique strengths and resiliencies, and to utilize these resources in their healing journeys. I believe that each individual is the expert in their lives, and that I am there to support and rally the inner wisdom that we each carry within us.
I recognize that it takes significant courage to reach out for support, and that making the first counselling appointment can feel daunting and overwhelming. I commend you for taking the first step and I look forward to welcoming you into a non-judgmental, warm, and supportive therapeutic environment!
Lauren Gelfer, MC, RCC Candidate