Lauren Selfridge, MEd, MA, MFTI

Since I was a kid, I've always been fascinated by how relationships work, both with ourselves and with one another. I've come to find that, with the right tools, it really is possible to have healthy, conscious connections with ourselves and those we love. I've spent over ten years studying relationship models and approaches so that I can support couples and individuals in creating truly satisfying connections in their lives.

People living with chronic illness are another important part of my practice. When I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis several years ago, I discovered the importance of having (and being) a therapist that understands what it's like to go through the shock of a new diagnosis, the overwhelm of choosing a treatment plan, the ways illness impacts relationships, and the desire to live an epic, fulfilling life no matter what. I believe that chronic illness is an invitation into a deeper, richer relationship with ourselves. Psychotherapy is a powerful and way to say "yes" to that invitation.

As part of my dedication to lifelong learning in the field of psychology, I am currently engaged in a candidacy process for Imago Clinical Therapist Certification. This work is based on the book, Getting the Love You Want by Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt. Imago Relationship Theory is one of my main inspirations behind becoming a therapist; the tools offer a powerful approach to couples' work that has facilitated healing, growth, and connection for thousands of couples around the world.

 
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Credentials

  • Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, IMF #92466

  • M.A. Integral Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies

  • M.Ed. Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Teaching, Workshops & Presentations

  • “Practical Dialogues to Transform Your Relationships” Workshop. California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, 2018.

  • “Going Home for the Holidays With Your Partner: Plan Ahead and Stay Connected” Couples Workshop. Golden Gate Integral Counseling Center, San Francisco, CA, 2015.

  • Somatic Psychology Program Diversity Training. California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, 2011.

  • "Building Beloved Community: Integrating Spirituality and Compassion With Undoing Racism.” National Conference on Race and Ethnicity. San Francisco, CA, 2011.

  • “Ending Racism” (EDUC 392), 1-unit undergraduate course. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2009.

  • “Ending Heterosexism” (EDUC 392L), 1-unit undergraduate course. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2008.