Lauren Castillo, MA, LPc-associate
Supervised by by Jennifer Cain, LPC-S., RPT-S
Difficulties in life do not discriminate, and seeking counseling is one step closer to feeling supported. Every person, regardless of their age, has their own unique experiences and hardships. However, no one should have to navigate through these difficulties on their own. It is an honor and a privilege as your counselor to be a part of your journey. I believe in creating a safe environment that facilitates healing and growth through counseling and play therapy for children in The Woodlands, TX.
My Professional Background and Commitment to The Woodlands Community
I am an Aggie and attended Texas A&M University for my undergraduate education. Following receving my Bachelor's degree, I obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Play Therapy certification from Sam Houston State University. My graduate studies provided counseling experience through working with children, parents, adolescents, and young adults with various concerns.
Specialized Experience and Training
Primarily, I have a focus in life transitions, behavioral concerns, and social/emotional challenges for individuals including children, adolescents, and young adults. In my office, we can use play therapy, sandtray therapy, a client-centered approach, or a more directive approach such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Play is natural for children. Consequently, play is how a child communicates, using the toys chosen in the playroom as their words. I primarily utilize child-centered play therapy when working with younger children. A child-centered counseling approach allows the child a safe space to learn, experience, and express their emotions.
Alternatively, If play therapy is not a fit, or if I am working with older clients, we can utilize CBT if that feels like a good fit for you as the client. This therapeutic approach helps individuals become more aware of their thought patterns and how they influence their behaviors so they can enact positive changes in their lives. It is my goal to empower you and support you every step of the way.
Your Personal Journey of Healing and Growth
You are the expert of your life, and I believe in collaboration with the individual and a person-centered therapy approach. As your counselor, I am here to assist you as we navigate through difficult topics and emotions together. I am here for you and excited to begin this counseling journey with you!