Lauren Saunders, LCSW

Lauren Saunders, LCSW

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I am a Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW #74470), which allows me to practice psychotherapy in the state of California.

Treatment Approach:

i utilize a variety of therapeutic frameworks dependent on the individual need.  I primarily utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other mindfulness-based approaches. I have experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well. I am trained in Eye-Movement Desentization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.


  • Bachelors in Sociology & German, California State University, Chico

  • Masters in Social Work, California State University, Long Beach

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist


  • Provided individual and group psychotherapy to individuals convicted of DUI/ drug-related offenses

  • Provided individual psychotherapy and field-based services to individuals with chronic, persistent mental illnesses

  • Conducted crisis assessment and intervention in the field

  • Provided counseling services to adolescents in a school setting

  • Provided individual and group counseling to women exposed to sexual and domestic violence

  • Provided prevention education activities to the community & developed audience-appropriate curriculum

  • Facilitated weekly support groups to juvenile offenders

Professional Organizations:

I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); and The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).


I am a Northern California transplant and have lived in Long Beach since graduate school. Long Beach is such a wonderful community, I quickly fell in love with it.

I find peace and stillness outdoors and enjoy most physical activities you can do outside. I have been an avid rock climber for the past 10+ years. In fact, I worked as a climbing instructor throughout graduate school. When not climbing, you can likely find me taking a yoga class, riding my bicycle, hiking, or developing my new hobby-- skiing.

I find the connection between overcoming physical challenges and overcoming our emotional/ spiritual challenges to be both beautiful and rewarding.