Qualifications and Areas of Practice
Lauren Johnson, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with many years of experience specializing in helping couples and individuals with relational and sexual challenges. She has been in private practice for over 7 years, helping couples and individuals with their relationship conflicts, psychiatric challenges and their desires for improved communication and intimacy. She specializes in treating a variety of sexual disorders/conflicts including:
- orgasmic disorders
- desire discrepancy
- erectile disorder
- pelvic pain
- performance anxiety
- out of control sexual behavior
- help in establishing better boundaries
She has expertise in working with clients in LGBTQ and heterosexual relationships as well as those who identify as non-monogamous or polyamorous, or clients with specific types of kink interests. In addition to couple and sexual issues, Lauren is skilled in working with clients who have general psychotherapy goals they want to address including:
- work/life balance
- family of origin stress
- couple communication standoffs
- Anxiety and Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Lauren graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her post-graduate training in Sex Therapy was completed at the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.
Lauren’s therapeutic approach is derived from a combination of a cognitive-behavioral and systemic techniques. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy utilizes the replacement of negative or ineffective thoughts with healthier thoughts to alter unhealthy behavior. A systemic lens aims to address client’s problems from their intrapersonal perspective but helps to teach and change the way their interactions cause varying consequences and patterns within a system. This system can be one with their partner/spouse, with their family of origin, their nuclear family including their children or their circle of friends.
Each interaction is addressed in relation to habitual patterns that may have become stuck or conflictual and a systemic therapist makes interventions at helping the client(s) consciously make healthier choices to create more intimacy or functionality in these relationships.
Lauren is a collaborative therapist who works with clients’ strengths to explore the behaviors, thoughts, communication patterns, and interactional patterns that are associated with the problems presented. After a thorough initial assessment, she works with clients to clarify goals, identify resolutions to the presenting issues, followed by a wide array of interventions, home assignments and bibliotherapy to help achieve these goals.
Lauren understands that people find it at times challenging or embarrassing to discuss their sexual lives with anyone. She takes pride in providing a judgment-free environment with compassion, empathy, and openness so that clients feel comfortable. Lauren finds it important to recognize the diversity of each person and adapts her therapeutic techniques to the unique needs of each client. Her ultimate goal for each client in therapy is to be provided with tools and specific techniques to master and utilize during and after completing their work with her in therapy.
Professional and Community Associations
Lauren works for Friends of Firefighters, a non-profit organization providing free therapeutic services to active and retired FDNY members and families.
She is also an active member of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT).