Lauren Dornell Neal, our lead therapist, is looking forward to setting up a brief telephonic consult with you!

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About Lauren



Lauren completed her undergraduate degree in Human Relations (Sociology and Psychology) earned a Master’s degree in Community Counseling at Trinity University, Washington, DC, and was accepted into the Johns Hopkins University Clinical Community Counseling postgraduate program. While pursuing her studies, Lauren worked full-time, raised a family, and engaged with aging parents; she has compassion for people who juggle life responsibilities while seeking to maintain life balance. She offers late evening scheduling to honor busy individuals. 


Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor (NC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (MD) ; Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist; Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist; Employee Assistance Program  professional affiliate, Accredited Parenting Consultant for Triple P; Certified Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapist II through EDIT™ (specializing in binge eating disorder and pre/post bariatric surgery), Substance Abuse Professional (SAP DOT Certified), Lauren believes in meeting the needs of diverse populations and as a life-long learner,  committed to continuing education, professional and personal development to benefit the needs of diverse individuals who seek support through her services.  She is currently engaged in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine Certification to facilitate Clients in promoting health maintenance through nutrition. Lauren collaborates with your medical team, when you permit to support holistic wellbeing.   



Lauren specializes in co-occurring disorders in teens and adults struggling with problems related to identity, stress, anxiety, and adults with history of childhood trauma, adult children of alcoholics, addictions, binge eating disorders, mood disorders, codependency relationship issues, career, as well as transitions and problems of everyday life and much more....

"You are unique and diverse, and you offer something wonderful to the world" is the perspective that Lauren holds of each person that she encounters in and out of sessions. To meet the needs of diverse individuals, Lauren’s therapeutic style is Eclectic and Transtheoretical. Lauren adheres to the RESPECTFUL community counseling paradigm.” You are welcome whoever you are, whomever you love, wherever you are from, regardless of socio economics, whatever you look like, whatever ability, whomever you worship. You will receive kindness and respect.” 

Lauren has a passion and expertise in multicultural and cross cultural relationship-building and supports community members in sharing truths to facilitate and promote community dialogue, healing love and/ or respect. Lauren has received several awards in a variety of work environments for program development in community building activities. A huge part of her success is love and respect of collaborative, integrative work that has the capacity to achieve sustainable change.

Do not hesitate to contact her with questions.