My approach uses a combination of creative expression and talk-therapy techniques to help clients achieve their mental health goals. I am passionate about the healing power of arts and the development of creative coping strategies clients can take with them and use in their everyday life.
Lauren Salerno (she/her) is a student art therapist receiving her Masters in Counseling with an Expressive Arts Therapy certification from Prescott college.
I have a decade of experience working as a teaching artist with young people and have professional expertise with a variety of expressive mediums. At this time this includes drawing, painting, collage, woven textiles, music, movement, and theatrical performance. I have had the privilege of witnessing and understanding the healing power of art, not only within my own life but in the lives of young adults I have taught and mentored. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest a few years ago, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming an art therapist. I am passionate about helping others to use their innate creativity to heal and grow while discovering the therapeutic properties of creative expression.
I use a combination of expressive media and techniques, especially Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, neuroscience-informed art therapy, and person-centered expressive art therapy. My goal as a therapist is to meet clients where they are at while encouraging them to explore more deeply into themselves. I am dedicated to providing support and compassion while the client develops tools to meet their mental health goals. I am also extremely passionate about encouraging self-growth through the cultivation of creative coping techniques that clients can take with them beyond therapy and into their everyday life.