Lauren Ball

(MSW, LCSW)

About Me

Adolescence has been described by some as a time of "normal insanity." For many parents struggling with their teenager, this adage rings more true than they ever could have imagined. What happened to that child who used to laugh, trust you, hold you hand, and curl up in your lap? Kids in their teens are beginning their journey towards adulthood, sometimes through rebellion, challenging family rules and values, and creating distance from their parents. The transition from childhood to teen to young adult is almost always tumultuous, but in this age of technology, bullying, and easy access to temptations of every sort, the pressures are ever more challenging for parents of teens.

For over twenty years I have focused my career on working with teens and their families. I have worked in private practice, a boarding school for troubled teens, and in the inpatient and intensive outpatient programs at the premier facility for children's psychiatric care, Loma Linda Behavioral Medicine Center. In my profession, I have had extensive experience with individual, group and family therapy with adolescents. I also have a broad knowledge of the resources that are available to parents who need to access community care such as hospitals, specialty school programs, and residential treatment.

Whatever your struggles are with your teen, I am here to be a partner and coach to see you through. Whether you are struggling with 'normal' adolescent rebellion, blended family and/or co-parenting issues, or have a child who is in real danger due to drugs, cutting, dangerous peer influence, or school problems, there is hope - and solutions. You don't have to face this struggle on your own. My forte is in being able to make a positive connection with teens, even in through their resistance. I believe in them - and they know it. With parents, my style is one of non-judgemental acceptance and partnership. My approach tends to lean towards the 'no nonsense' practical stance, with an emphasis on empowering parents to reassert their parental roles with strong leadership, communication, and consistency.

My goal for you is to reunite your family and heal the wounds. I want both you and your child to feel loved, respected, and to have safety in your home. Let's work together.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Blended Family Issues , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Codependency , Divorce and Separation , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 21

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LCSW #LCS19560 (Expires: 2021-07-01)


Reviews

Written by S.T. on Jul 24, 2020 after counseling with Lauren for 2 weeks

Lauren has been a great help.

Written by A.D. on Jun 24, 2020 after counseling with Lauren for 4 years and 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues

I have been working with Lauren Ball for a number of years now, having recently started up with her again after a year's hiatus. She is such a wonderful, attentive, thoughtful, challenging and supportive counselor that I feel incredibly lucky to have found her. I couldn't recommend her more highly. She is compassionate and caring, but also not afraid to set me straight with a healthy dose of truth when necessary, a delicate skill that I think is invaluable in a counselor. I also love her pragmatic focus on counseling, she's not there merely to listen to me vent about my frustrations and past failures or emotional hang-ups (although she certainly has done plenty of that when necessary) but she always listens with an eye toward helping me move forward. She has helped me look at what I need to look at about myself and my past in order to focus on what is important and develop the tools to form the habits and routines not to repeat past failures or cycles of negative thought but instead build toward success and positivity in my personal and professional life. She is an excellent counsellor and friend.

Written by S.O. on Jun 11, 2020 after counseling with Lauren for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues

You have been a source of support, great listener and comfort during some of my lowest moments. Thanks for being there for me.

Written by A.N. on Jun 10, 2020 after counseling with Lauren for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Lauren is an awesome listener. Keeps you on topic, asks you insightful questions, and gives wise direction. I’ve had a
Weekly sessions with her for a little over two months and it’s made a big difference. I highly recommend her.

Written by J.E. on May 23, 2020 after counseling with Lauren for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and coaching

Lauren is amazing. She reaches out when I’ve gone dark and makes great recommendations on tools and other ways to cope. 5 stars all the way!

Written by M.A. on May 19, 2020 after counseling with Lauren for 4 years and 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, and depression

I worked with Lauren for, I believe, almost two years some time ago.

I was in the crisis of my lifetime, and she helped me stay away from the cliff.

I cannot seem to find the words to describe how much faith and trust I have in Lauren. She has had many years of experience, and really knows her stuff!

As we went deeper into our work, and my trust grew, I shared things with Lauren that I found to be very shameful. Never once did I ever feel an ounce of judgment.

She would always help me with my perspective on the issues we discussed. Those two things are probably the two most important things I found to be necessary.

I believe I'm a different person, who views myself in a completely different way because of the work I did with Lauren.

Then, there came a time, that I felt as though I could fly on my own. I would never have stopped communication completely had it not been for financial reasons.

I've used the tools she gave me, and I've done really well.

Now, sometime later, I find myself needing to get advice from a Therapist. So I'm back.

My hat is off to teen counseling for pairing me with Lauren. I can't imagine anyone else, I would be able to share at the deep level I do.

She's never given me a suggestion that didn't help me tremendously.




Written by C.H. on Mar 01, 2020 after counseling with Lauren for 6 months

Lauren is very insightful and she brings a great deal of expertise and professional experience to each session. She is an active listener, who shows both warmth and compassion. She is not timid when it comes to challenging you towards change and she is good at getting to the root of the issues that are causing continued life sabotaging behaviors. I am extremely grateful for her and the support that she has given me and I feel that anyone who has the opportunity to have her as a counselor will be immensely blessed!

Written by M.I. on Nov 26, 2019 after counseling with Lauren for 2 weeks

I found Lauren to be an excellent listener who then developed an action plan that was relevant, practical, and effective. Should I feel the need is warranted for Lauren's excellent/objective input in the future, I will be sure to contact her again.

Written by H.A. on Nov 19, 2019 after counseling with Lauren for 3 years and 5 months on issues concerning career difficulties

Worked with Lauren almost 2 years ago and she really helped me get unstuck. She was so great that now that I've hit a rough patch again I am coming back to get rebooted.

Written by J.A. on Jul 09, 2019 after counseling with Lauren for 2 years and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Lauren is great! I really have made so much progress with her help. She is amazing!

Written by L.A. on Jun 14, 2019 after counseling with Lauren for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

So very thankful!

Written by T.O. on May 14, 2019 after counseling with Lauren for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Lauren's support and guidance has made a world of difference during the time in which I was recovering from a major emotional trauma. She has been patient, encouraging and also soothing when my emotions were sometimes beyond my control or ability to comprehend. The use of the message board, particularly in the beginning of the therapy, was particularly helpful so that we could interact in between meetings.

Written by S.N. on Dec 22, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Lauren has always helped me with a all of what I need help with she’s amazing and always helps me get down to the issue I’d recommend her and this app to anyone who’s looking for a counselor

Written by J.E. on Sep 18, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief

Lauren has been a big help to me and I look forward to going forward with her help.

Written by S.E. on Aug 30, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

Lauren is an excellent therapist. She already has many positive evaluations here and I'd agree with all of them. They are a testament to the consistency of her genuine care and professionalism.

Written by R.O. on Aug 28, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 2 years and 1 month

I feel that my experience with teen counseling has been a good one.

Written by J.U. on Apr 11, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, grief, eating, and self esteem

Lauren is brilliant and kind and thoughtful. I can write the most naked, messed up stuff to her — stuff I’m immediately embarrassed for having shared, and she always responds so professionally and with such understanding. I’ve never found a counselor like her, and I wouldn’t have found her if it weren’t for teen counseling.

Written by M.A. on Jan 12, 2018 after counseling with Lauren for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship, family, self esteem, and anger

Lauren makes me feel heard and important. She definitely asks the right questions to make me realize and see things in a perspective i didn't see before. She messages me in a timely manner and that's awesome! I really recommend her.

Written by N.A. on Oct 24, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, and self esteem

I love Lauren. I've been working with her for a little over a year now, and she's become a mentor to me. She helps me to focus on taking care of myself before taking care of others, identifying and implementing compassionate boundaries, and is one of the only people in my life who is consistently encouraging and affirming. She also isn't offended by the way I express myself, and she feels comfortable helping me to reframe how I think about navigating life. To reiterate, I love Lauren!

Written by B.I. on Aug 03, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Very happy with process so far.

Written by D.A. on Jun 06, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, parenting, self esteem, and career

Lauren has been amazing. I came to teen counseling in a time when I was having a really hard time and I couldn't even bring myself to go find a therapist, so I used teen counseling and Lauren made me feel totally comfortable opening up and helping me work towards getting better at my own pace, with a sense of compassion and understanding.

Written by C.O. on Jun 06, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, self esteem, and anger

She's an amazing person. She help me find clarity.. and to become strong.. because of her, I know will be okay no matter what.. thank you

Written by J.E on Apr 01, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and sleeping

Very caring and thoughtful. She makes it easy to talk to

Written by A.L on Mar 26, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, lgbt, and sleeping

I can tell she actually cares.

Written by J.U on Mar 17, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, grief, eating, and self esteem

Lauren is a kind and patient professional, who makes you feel as though you are being heard and never judged. She is a gentle guide, who will help you set goals by which to gauge your progress and give you the tools you need to see yourself more clearly and compassionately.

Written by A.R. on Mar 03, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and anger

Really amazing therapist. She's nice and very understanding

Written by N.A on Jan 05, 2017 after counseling with Lauren for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, and self esteem

Lauren is direct and empathetic without being overly sympathetic or condescending, and actively engages while listening which makes me feel heard and understood. She's very open about wanting her clients to utilize her as long as they'd like or can afford, which definitely takes the pressure off the client from initiating or avoiding such conversations. I appreciate Lauren's feedback and the initiative that she takes when sending me helpful tips and information between phone appointments. I highly recommend!

Written by E.J on Dec 01, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 4 months on issues concerning family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Lauren has been amazing and has provided me with much insightful advice and guidance. Highly recommend her!

Written by E.M on Sep 17, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, and career

Lauren is a strong, sound and empathetic counselor who can indefinitely help you to move on a more clear and emotionally sound direction in your life. I highly recommend her for any help you may need untangling and weaving a more integrated and healthy approach to whatever challenges you may face.

Written by M.A on Aug 24, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks

After seeing therapists in their offices for several years, I found in Lauren the help I had been looking for. I love the freedom to write whenever I want -and not when a appointment was made-. It's been only two weeks and I'm already feeling better and experiencing improvements in my life :)

Written by H.A on Aug 19, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 2 months on issues concerning career

I've tried a few different online counseling services and a couple of counselors here at teen counseling. I use remote counselors regularly on an ongoing basis to manage stuff in my life that is stressful as a long-term strategy and general best-life goals. Happy with Lauren (finally a good fit). Planning on sticking around and eventually going on maintenance. I am sure she is just as amazing for short-term counseling. There are good therapists and then there are therapists good at remote and I think she does both well.

Written by T.I on Aug 13, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 4 days on issues concerning relationship, and trauma and abuse

Lauren was very helpful at sorting my thoughts out often providing worksheets and diagrams for the betterment of my overall emotional health.

Written by D.O on Jun 07, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

Lauren continues to be very professional, available, and provides valuable feedback to issues we discuss.

Written by T.R on May 19, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, anger, and depression

Very quick to respond and addresses my concerns very well.

Written by M.A on Apr 05, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

Lauren has been super amazing so far in answering and asking any questions regarding my background and what needs I may have. I am extremely excited to be working with her.

Written by A.D on Feb 04, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Lauren is a wonderful therapist. I felt an affinity for her almost immediately, and her considered, articulate and thoughtful advice and analysis has been a great boon to me already. Receiving a message from her in my inbox is always the highlight of my day. She turns the therapeutic experience into an exciting adventure of self-discovery, I couldn't recommend her more highly.

Written by V.I on Jan 06, 2016 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, self esteem, and depression

Lauren has been amazing. I can say I feel a bit more relaxed ever since I started this counseling with her. I feel like she has the answer for me and the problems I've been going through for a couple years. I wont change over night, it takes patience and time but I know with her help, I'm going to be a better person for myself , relationships and family.

Written by S.E on Dec 02, 2015 after counseling with Lauren for 1 month

Friendly, positive, and helpful. She gives exercises, offers suggestions, and replies in a timely manner. You can count on her for support and to be a good sounding board.

Written by A.L on Oct 01, 2015 after counseling with Lauren for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, trauma and abuse, sleeping, and self esteem

Lauren is very kind and follows through to make sure her client is doing alright. She asks a lot of questions to help pinpoint the best way to she can help in an effective, compassionate manner.

Written by M.A on Sep 15, 2015 after counseling with Lauren for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and depression

Lauren Ball is an amazing counselor. In the past few weeks, she has given me more tools than other therapists have given me in months. She is very knowledgable about anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She has a huge toolbox of ways to treat these issues. She responds quickly, thoroughly and compassionately to all of my messages. Thank you Lauren, I am so glad to have found you on teencounseling.com.

Written by M.A on Aug 05, 2015 after counseling with Lauren for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family, grief, and depression

I am so grateful to be working with Lauren Ball. She is compassionate, non-judgmental, and very gentle with her very wise advice.

When I began working with Lauren, I felt helpless and hopeless of a situation I am currently in. Nothing has changed outwardly, but because of Lauren's direction, I am able to handle a very difficult situation with a sense of peace that I had not experienced before. I believe Lauren to be very intuitive, and she clearly has a great deal of experience in her field. I would highly recommend Lauren for anyone needing tools to cope with a problem they cannot handle on their own.