Lauren is a Registered Provisional Psychologist. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Alberta and finished her Masters of Counselling degree at the University of Calgary. In between degrees, she co-authored a book chapter with Dr. Nancy Galambos on developmental trajectories.
She has diverse experience in the social services field including Alpha House and Wood’s Homes where she worked on the frontline with a variety of vulnerable populations. Prior to joining Fong Ailon, Lauren held a practicum position at a highly-esteemed private school catered towards youth with learning disabilities.
Lauren has experience working with a variety of client challenges including anxiety, addiction, trauma, depression, ADD/ADHD, grief, etc. While Lauren sees clients from all age groups, the majority of her experience is with children and adolescents.
She draws on several therapeutic frameworks including cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, mindfulness, narrative and trauma-informed approaches. In her work with younger children, Lauren uses a combination of cognitive behavioral and narrative therapy while drawing on creative interventions and using play in therapy. She has a strong interest in attachment systems and Interpersonal Neurobiology (the brain's ability to rewire when offered emotional corrective experiences). Lauren’s clinical approach is holistic, client-centered and rests on the assumption that clients are the experts in their own lives.
Lauren’s belief in resiliency when people are given the appropriate resources has encouraged her to maintain an active role in the community as a volunteer. Presently, Lauren is the Onsite Mentor at Highbanks Society, a not-for-profit agency devoted to providing affordable housing and community living to young mothers.
Lauren is currently accepting new clients at the firm of Fong Ailon as she continues to complete her provisional hours under the supervision of Eileen Ailon.