Meet the Therapist

September 29, 2020 by Meghan Shapiro

Meet the Therapist

Lauren Francis, MA, LPA recently graduated from Appalachian State University and earned licensure as a Psychological Associate. I had the privilege of interviewing her for the blog. When the interview was over, I didn’t want to stop talking to her. Read below to learn a little more about Lauren…

What do you like best about being a therapist?

I like collaborating with people and having the opportunity to help people in their journey. I have the education but consider people to be the expert on themselves.  I also appreciate the opportunity to learn from my clients and broaden my awareness of different perspectives on life.

What was your favorite class in graduate school and why?

It’s a tie.

I liked Diagnosis and Psychopathology because it gets into the nitty gritty of things – knowing the questions to ask and things to look for.

I also liked Foundations of Ethics and Psychotherapy because it was an introduction to therapy and I got to learn about the basics of therapy. It also helped me begin to develop as a therapist.

What do you think your strengths are as a therapist?

The ability to be non-judgemental. I have known a lot of people from a lot of different walks of life. I value the ability those relationships have given me to take different perspectives and more fully understand varied life circumstances.

I am able to see the individual and use my empathy to focus on their strengths rather than just the problem. I endeavor to help others build on their natural strengths and to empower them to make change and solve problems.

I am very aware that therapy is not one size fits all. I work within a framework of evidenced based practice and tailor treatment to match my clients’ individual needs.

What would you tell a friend who was going to their first therapy session.

Keep an open mind. Therapy is designed to help you reach your goals. Remember these three things:

  1. It’s important to be honest and willing – we are not mind readers.
  2. Going to therapy doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. Everybody can benefit from therapy in some way.
  3. Take advantage of the unbiased perspective a therapist can give. It’s such a unique relationship – it can provide a perspective that no one else in your life can really give.



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