About Lauren

Together, we will work to develop a comprehensive plan to alleviate or minimize stressors and struggles.

Lauren Craney, LMHC


I am Lauren Craney, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. My purpose as a therapist is to help you along the path to a functional and fulfilling life. Whether the obstacles to achieving this goal are habits and behaviors you want to change, relationship issues, or present and past traumas. We will work together to develop a comprehensive plan to alleviate or minimize stressors and struggles. The goal is to move in positive directions while establishing healthy coping skills.

I use a variety of proven research based practice methods tailored to your specific needs. These include; CBT approaches, mentoring and life coaching, trauma informed therapies, and other evidence based techniques.

I have worked extensively with adults and adolescents in individual, family, and group settings (both inpatient and outpatient). My experience includes work in community mental health, educational, and substance abuse treatment environments.

I continue to enhance my skills and techniques through ongoing education and individual practice research. Areas of expertise include the following specializations; Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Substance Abuse and Addictions, Women’s Needs, Family Dynamics and Relationships, and Life Adjustments and Transitions.

Together we can begin on the path toward you becoming the person you want to be.

Professional Credentials

Professional Credentials


  • Mental Health Counselor


  • Chi Sigma Iota (Honors Society)
  • Specialized Trainings and Certifications for Trauma, Human Trafficking, EMDR, Grief, Suicide Prevention, Child-Parent Relationships, and many more mental and behavioral health certificates.


  • Experienced in providing group, family, and individual counseling services for populations in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Volunteer Work

  • Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer Child Advocate

  • Organized and participated [Kids in the Kitchen], which provides healthy eating awareness to underprivileged kids in [Florida].

  • Organized and participated [Camp Begin Again], which is a grievance camp, supporting and counseling children who have lost a loved one to Hospice in [Florida].

  • Organized and led [FOOD], which provided meals to homeless people in [Florida].

  • Organized and participated [Second Harvest], which relies on food and supply donations in order to help feed the community of Orlando, Florida.

Memberships and Boards

  • Member of the International Honor Society for academic excellence-(Chi Sigma Lota-Omega Zeta Chapter)

  • Member of the American Psychological Association and Psychology Today.

  • Committee member of the Junior League’s Human Trafficking Awareness Committee, which raises funds for emergency kits for victims of human trafficking survivors.

  • Committee member of Project WARM, an acronym for Women Assisting Recovery Mothers. Facilitated support groups for substance abuse victims who are pregnant women, postpartum or parenting young children.

Methods and Approaches

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Believe in yourself counseling

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

-an approach that helps you to identify patterns and how they might negatively affect you. We will explore ways to replace negative thought patterns or behaviors with ones that are more helpful and accurate. You will become familiar with the patterns of your mind while learning to create a new relationship with them. Creating new and more effective patterns by learning to shift your relationship to thoughts, feelings, and body sensations, and step out of habitual, automatic patterns of your mind and body.

Trauma Informed Therapies with EMDR

— an approach that seeks an awareness of the widespread impact of trauma on life experience and relationships. It recognizes trauma’s role in the outlook, emotions and behaviors that is related to trauma history.
Trauma Informed Therapies with EMDR
Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

-an approach that explores the connection between your unconscious mind and your actions. This involves examining your emotions, relationships, and thought patterns. We will uncover patterns in thoughts or behavior that might be contributing to distress

Humanistic-Person Centered Therapy

— an approach that looks at how your worldview affects the choices you make, especially choices that cause distress. It’s based on the belief that you’re the best person to understand your experiences. I will work to help you better understand what you’re experiencing, offering guidance and support without interpreting your feelings for you.
Humanistic-Person Centered Therapy


I create a safe working alliance with populations including; co-occurring psychiatric disorders, persistent mental health struggles, chemical dependence issues, criminal behaviors, and survivors of trauma.
I draw spiritual inspiration from nature, and travel affords me the opportunity to observe different elements of human creative expression which contributes to my aesthetic trajectory.
I am very much an animal activist, rescuing and treating with compassion animals I find in need. Volunteering has always been an important part of my life, beginning as a teenager mentoring teens in foster care; and, later in life, working with sex trafficking survivors, pregnant teenagers in Project Warm through the Junior League (Daytona Beach branch), and serving as a Guardian-Ad-Litem.
Each person deserves to find their own way in life by trusting their talents and abilities to become the person they were meant to be and to enjoy their lives.

A favorite piece of literature reflects a philosophy I embrace personally and in my practice. It guides me in my advocacy for clients to develop a plan to alleviate “stressors and struggles,” and “becoming the person you want to be.”

“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst be false to no man.”
William Shakespeare

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“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.“