Lauren Summer, MA
Mental Health Counselor, LPC (OR)
Lauren is an Arizona native living in Portland. She completed her Master's in Counseling at Lewis & Clark College with a focus on LGBTQIA studies. Lauren uses DBT, ACT, Gestalt and Existential modalities in her practice, and has worked with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD, borderline personality disorder, chronic pain, and grief and loss.
I am currently earning my Master’s in Counseling at Lewis & Clark College. Before becoming a counselor, I was engaged in community development and affordable housing work across Oregon. I practice from a humanistic, relational-cultural framework and incorporate principles from acceptance and commitment theory (ACT) in my work. Inspired by my certified yoga and somatic training, I integrate body-based movement, nervous system and emotional regulation, and mindfulness skills to help clients understand what feels supportive in their bodies. My clinical practice has focused on serving those experiencing grief and loss, complex trauma, chronic pain/disability, life transitions, anxiety, depression, chronic shame, ADHD, and psychosis. My own experiences have taught me to appreciate how challenging and transformative growth can feel. As someone with an invisible disability, it brings me joy to support disabled folks and others, in establishing congruent connections to themselves. I bring my full self into counseling by creating a warm, adaptive, and creative environment that allows folks to unfold and be their authentic selves.
Byrd is completing a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Lewis & Clark College. Byrd’s person-centered, humanistic approach to counseling incorporates ACT, existential, and attachment-based modalities to support clients experiencing anxiety, anger, depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, grief, and relational trauma. As a member of the LGBTQIA community, Byrd has worked with chronic shame, HIV, aging, and family of origin issues. Byrd’s previous career in documentary filmmaking inspired his decision to become a counselor and informs his mission to honor the unique challenges, strengths, and resilience of every client.