Lauren Fishbein is a Registered Psychotherapist and a graduate of Naropa University earning her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness Based Transpersonal Counseling. Lauren comes from a neuroscience and trauma-informed lens, acknowledging the importance of the body-mind connection. She believes that this awareness is essential when it comes to healing and deepening our connection with ourselves and others.
As a transracial international adoptee, Lauren has dedicated her work to being a support for adoptees and their families. Helping children, teens and parents understand how to work together and how to connect on a deeper level is a key component of her work. Many of the wounds that adoptees face stem from the womb and their first years of life, where implicit memory begins. The body stores and holds old traumas, especially trauma before the age of 3(y.o), and in many cases with adoption this trauma goes unnoticed and often leads to a misdiagnosis of ADHD, learning disabilities, RAD, ODD and other attachment based disorders. This early trauma can leave adoptees feeling lost, depressed, confused, and angry, always searching for something and yet they are unable to put their finger on exactly what they are missing. Early trauma (especially combined with a misdiagnosis) can lead to lack of self-esteem, anxiety, loneliness, depression, suicidal ideation and addiction. It is never too early to seek support for your adoptee. Lauren not only works with children/teens she also offers a parenting program for supplemental support while working through your adoptee’s challenges.
Lauren also volunteers with the Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families and has been a presenter at their Domestic, African/Caribbean, Latin American and Chinese Camps. If you are looking for a community for your adoptee or if you were adopted please visit the HCAF website for more information: http://www.heritagecamps.org
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