Lauren has completed a Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Professional Psychology and is currently completing her Master of Clinical Psychology – all through the University of Newcastle. Lauren joined Myrtle Oak Clinic in 2021 as a psychologist intern, she has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing with the University of Melbourne. These studies, along with her work in hospital and research settings, have helped to shape Lauren’s holistic approach to health which emphasises the biopsychosocial lens in considering all facets of a person’s life in order to fully understand and address their food, body image and weight concerns.
Lauren has previously worked in mental health research, looking at a range of mental health issues that can occur simultaneously with an eating disorder. This role has involved working with people from a variety of ages and backgrounds as well as their friends and family members. This has given Lauren an appreciation of the unique challenges that families face when their loved ones are experiencing mental illness and a strong sense of the importance that these family members play in supporting their loved one’s recovery.
Lauren has a strong interest in supporting people with eating disorders, having spent almost 5 years supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people admitted to hospitals across Australia. Lauren recognises that the success of any psychological treatment relies greatly on the strength of the partnership formed in therapy, and takes an open and collaborative approach to help facilitate this. She also acknowledges that she still has much to learn in this field and continues to enjoy building upon her knowledge through professional development and supervision.
Lauren looks forward to meeting and supporting you on your recovery journey.