Lauren Tritten, MS, LMFTA
As your therapist, I am here to help you rediscover your worth, rekindle your hope, and restore your sense of health. I join with you as you courageously pursue new ways of achieving mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual well-being. Therapy is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself because of its ability to bring healing to multiple facets of your life. Whether you’re battling a genetic mental illness, broken relationships, severe anxiety, or concern over your child’s welfare, my office will always be a place of hope as we pursue recovery and wholeness together.
Tacoma – Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
I believe therapy is a place where stories are honored, relationships are mended, feelings are heard, and people are fully seen. As a therapist, I seek to join my clients on their journeys through life, in both the high and low places. I believe that having someone to ride the roller coaster with us is half the battle of reaching health. My Christian perspective allows me to hold hope for my clients when they are struggling to hold onto it themselves because I believe in the goodness of their Savior. I compassionately work with clients of all ages, with an emphasis on child therapy, premarital education, and grief and anxiety counseling for adults.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My goal as your counselor is to help you rediscover your infinite worth. I have found that mental health difficulties often rob us of our belief in our value, but in working together, I pray we can grow this sense of self-worth in you. I also work from an extremely relational stance and thus prioritize fostering healing in your relationships with others, yourself, and God. Most of all, I hope our time together rekindles your hope.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
Counseling sessions with me tend to be very conversational. I strive to make space for any and every topic (nothing is off the table) and honor our time together as your own to do with as you will. As a result, the pacing of therapy is up to you, though sometimes I will push conversations I believe are integral to your healing process or suggest a homework assignment I think will be helpful to you. I also take time to honor the good things happening in your life and love to bring laughter into sessions.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
Faith allows us to hold onto the hope that we are seen, known, and unconditionally loved for all of who we are, not just the picture perfect parts. We serve a good God who knows what it is to suffer. Approaching counseling with this knowledge allows us to work from a stance of never being alone and always being known, which is freeing in and of itself. As your counselor, I believe these things about you even when you struggle to believe them yourself and walk alongside you as you rediscover these truths.
Qualifications and Experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate with a BA in Psychology and BA in Theology from Whitworth University and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. I have been counseling people in my life for as long as I can remember. I began my internship at Integrated Therapy Services NW in January 2017 and worked there until June of 2019. During that time, I saw clients ranging from young children to adults and couples with varying socioeconomic statuses and cultures.
My Call to Christian Counseling
I grew up in a home where my mom was chronically ill. Consequentially, my family’s life changed rapidly and we become accustomed to living with unknowns. During those years, my family and I were immensely supported by those around us. We had family, friends, resources, and amazing doctors walking the road with us.
As I grew older and looked back on those years of tumult, I saw the impact our support system had on getting my family through the hard days and months and realized our story was not the norm. Most children and families going through major life stresses do not have the kind of support we had. In response to my gratitude, I decided to pursue a career as a therapist in order to provide empathetic support to those who are walking hard journeys on their own.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
My world revolves around my giant Newfoundland, Watson, whom I will be training as a therapy dog once he is old enough. I am passionate about self-care, which I try to apply to my life by practicing yoga, running, and prioritizing sleep. In my free time, I read mysteries, watch cheesy TV shows, perfect new baking recipes, and write on topics such as introversion and Highly Sensitive People.
Areas of Expertise/Specialties
- Counseling for Children
- Premarital Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Grief and Loss
- Couples Counseling
- Women’s Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Spiritual Development
Counseling for Children
Kids have their own language. They communicate their distress in countless ways we so often miss in day-to-day life. Therapy provides a place where kids can communicate and have their more subtle calls for help noticed. This only happens when a therapeutic alliance is created. Fostering a therapeutic relationship is therefore my top priority in counseling children, as countless studies have identified the therapeutic relationship as the main catalyst of change. Along with this relationship, I use art, games, and play to promote behavioral, emotional, and mental health. I also tend to involve parents and siblings in therapy with child clients, as I have found building those relationships tends to significantly enhance the healing process.
You’ve found the one your heart loves—now what? This time is full of excitement, change, and dreams coming true. But it can also be filled with anxiety and uncertainty as you adjust to a new life together. Navigating these challenges by talking about key, practical issues like relationship with in-laws, mourning the loss of singlehood, intimacy, conflict management, and roommate styles can help you and your partner ease into married life as you have already laid the groundwork in therapy. Premarital counseling is generally 6-8 sessions. I also have a premarital curriculum tailored for military couples.
Anxiety can feel like a vice around your neck. It steals joy from your favorite activities, isolates and exhausts you, and simply makes you feel afraid at all times. Often we start to feel like burdens to our loved ones as we continually ask for help and aren’t our normal selves anymore. Anxiety also impacts how we feel physically, a mind/body connection we tend to overlook. Therapy provides a place to talk about the ways anxiety impacts your life, to get angry at its presence, to gain understanding of ways anxiety can be a good thing, to track down its core causes (some of which may be genetic), and learn skills to cope with and grow from it.
Grief and Loss
There is no “right” way to deal with grief. It is a living thing that crops up at both expected and unexpected times, not something 7 steps can tell you how to do. We also grieve more than death; we grieve the loss of jobs, divorce, diagnoses, people we never met, and lost identities. If you are coming to therapy to process loss, I will be there to walk that journey with you, to let you express your feelings, to sit with you in your tears, and to help you learn how to incorporate grief into your story.
Women are under constant pressure from society, the Church, family, and friends to achieve perfection in all areas of our lives: work life, mom life, wife life, and spiritual life. When we don’t meet those expectations, shame all too often creeps in along with other difficulties, such as poor self-esteem, comparison, body image issues, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Learning how to accept ourselves just as we are is an empowering journey that can help ease the pressure from our shoulders. Therapy can be a place where you have a confidant and encourager as you challenge those pressures.
Availability (by office location):
- Tacoma – Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Couples, and Families looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at 360-203-7787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Insurance: As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA), most insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover adolescents, individuals and couples.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.
Counseling for Children
Christian Couples Counseling
Grief and loss