Solution Focused Psychotherapy, Jungian Based Approach, Narrative Techniques, Transpersonal Psychology, Mindfulness Based Approaches, Transactional Analysis, Enneagram
M.A. (Couns.Psych); H.B.A. (Psych); B.A.
BHF Registered: PR 0189332
HPCSA Registered: PS0091685
CHILD & FAMILY MEDIATOR
CERT III: (A.T.I.A.: Australian Transpersonal Institute of Australia)
Lauren Calder has been practising as a psychologist since 2005. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF). She is trained as a Child & Family Mediator and has completed a specialisation in Transpersonal Psychology. Lauren has a well established private practice in KZN and consults to various organisations as a lecturer, trainer and consultant.
Lauren has had a lifelong interest in the psychology of finding meaning in living and in how people adjust, face their challenges, cope and live in alignment to their dreams and values. Having learned mindfulness practice at a young age, Lauren also has a strong interest in the application of mindfulness based cognitive therapy to wellness, stress, depression and anxiety.
In addition to her Masters degree in Psychology Lauren has trained with The Australian Transpersonal Institute and Association, where she received a Certificate III in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2002. Transpersonal Psychology is the field of psychology which integrates psychological concepts, theories, and methods with the search for purpose and meaning in living.
According to Lauren, most individuals arrive for therapy at a time when they are experiencing a “crises in meaning”, “crises in ego” or "crises in relationship". This is a call to action. This can be the case, whether the struggles is to do with a relationship, depression, anxiety or adjustment to change. Either way the person has a desire to find resolution or relief. This, she says, is a necessary process in the path toward psychological maturity, humility and self-acceptance. Therapy facilitates this process.
Lauren has developed a programme called “The Mindful Way to Manage a Stressful Life” which she runs in group format. The programme aims to present mindfulness psychology in a straight forward manner and provides participants with an accessible introduction to meditation practice for stress management. The workshop addresses the non useful patterns of thinking that people often use to tackle emotional dilemmas and transposes this with the mindfulness approach and the process of creating acceptance.
Lauren works largely with couples in her practice. She says that most couples arrive for therapy, very clear that the other person is to blame for whatever is not working in the relationship. As therapy progresses, this is usually re-understood to represent a dynamic that is being triggered by both parties. In this way couples can facilitate each other in their personal growth rather than working against each other.
Lauren has an interest in family systems. This is often directly related to conflict resolution. She has trained in Child and Family Mediation and advocates the relevance of mediation as a requirement in any relationship separation where a child is involved. In the aftermath of a separation, mediation assists families to re-organise themselves and to develop parenting and residency plans that best preserves the integrity of the family and preserves the best interests of the child/children in the family undergoing change.
Lauren’s practice also includes assessment of learning and emotional development in children. Much of this work is to do with assessing concerns that present in the school environment. Conclusions and recommendations of any assessment intervention are approached from a holistic perspective with regard for the family member as part of a broad system of influences and possibilities. In her work with children she is mostly interested in mindful parenting, fostering the development of emotional resiliency in children and the diagnosis or misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD. She conducts talks and seminars at various schools, on these topics.
Lauren's current passion project is called INSIGHT PROJECTS, which she founded in 2017. This is an organisation that offers interactive enneagram personality workshops that help individuals to identify their and others' healthy and unhealthy ego patterns. These patterns play themselves out in relationships, coping patterns, stress spirals and personal growth. Lauren presents these workshops privately and to corporate groups and schools.