I am here to walk alongside you on this journey to recovery & well-being!
My name is Lauren Marie Aron and I have a passion for treating clients that have a disordered relationship with food and body. I use a range of methods when working with clients. My therapeutic skills are firstly grounded in sound social work principles and I combine these with a strong interest in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. My aim is to provide a supportive and non-judgemental space for clients to share their current difficulties and to find their inner strength. I also integrate Transactional Analysis in my work with clients, which looks at how we interact with others & EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma or to help reprocess core beliefs that impact life negatively.
Life can get difficult, and sometimes a little help from a professional Therapist can make things better. I care about your well-being and provide you all the tools you need in order to seize the day and learn how to tackle even the most traumatic circumstances.
A BIT ABOUT THERAPY
Guiding You On the Path of Self-Healing
According to the American Psychological Association, Psychotherapists "help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives.” Through the use of various psychotherapy methods and collaborative treatment measures, my clients develop life-changing habits to help them cope with any of life’s various obstacles. My therapy sessions are designed to dissect personal issues and provide patients with effective tools to help them see the glass half full instead of half empty.
Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It's going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn't change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.
Lauren helped me to get recovery from my eating disorder by being absolutely caring but also by being brutally honest. She would say things I needed to hear, even though I did not want to hear them! She always listened, but allowed me to take responsibility for my recovery. She helped me to regain the power to make my own choices and to take responsibility of my own life & my own recovery. I am forever grateful that our paths crossed.
Client E, The Netherlands
I met Lauren at a treatment facility in South Africa for my eating disorder. I was extremely sick on arrival and I was there for 6 months; Lauren supported me through my whole stay as well as about a year and a half after I was discharged. I never thought that I would be in recovery and Lauren was the one who helped and guided me, she met me at my lowest of lows and has seen me grow as I was starting my life over again. Lauren aided me with my body dysmorphia, depression; anxiety and other personal matters. She helped me learn new things about myself, helped me see the truth rather than me believe the lies in my head. When I was in the treatment facility, I also had family sessions and working with Lauren really benefited me as I was able to speak my truth and she helped them understand my disorder on a deeper level that I was unable to explain.
Lauren is not only a great therapist, but also a lovely person. She made me feel comfortable and safe in my sessions; I didn’t feel judgement when speaking about things and she helped me learn how to regain trust. I would highly recommend anyone to start sessions with Lauren, I will forever be grateful for having worked with her, Lauren helped save my life and is apart of the reason as to why I’m still in recovery.
Client S, South Africa
Lauren has been an integral part of my healing journey. Working with her at the start of my recovery journey was a blessing. She not only gave me the space to feel safe, seen and heard. She helped me to see me too. Today, I live my life knowing who I am, and living what i had told her I always desired. Thank you Lauren
Client M, South Africa
When I think of Lauren, I think of tough love and it was exactly what I needed (and what I now think a good therapist needs to be). I struggled with trusting therapists, but Lauren is really kind and supportive and knows how to make you feel safe and heard, but she also calls you out and holds you accountable for your own responsibilities in recovery. She was the first person I felt safe enough to open up to about things and started processing them, and I’m forever grateful of her support in my recovery process.
Client B, Amsterdam
You Ask - I Answer
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
The first session which is usually an assessment can take between 60-90 minutes. In this time I am able to assess what would be the most beneficial treatment plan for you! 1-1 therapy is usually 60 minutes on a weekly or bi-monthly basis and EMDR therapy is best done in 90 minutes.
RECOGNISING AN EATING DISORDER
If you tick the following criteria you may be struggling with disordered eating:
I exercise in excess
I feel guilty after eating
I am terrified of being overweight
I dress in layers to hide my weight
I spend too much money on food
I have become withdrawn and secretive
I am preoccupied with thoughts about food
I only eat safe foods, low in calories and fats
I don't feel I have control and eat too much or too little
I avoid family or friends as they interefere with my eating rules
I spend a lot of time thinking and planning my next binge
I have rituals such as cutting food into small pieces or weighing food.
DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?
Please feel free to make contact with me in order to discuss rates and fees for sessions.
IS THERAPY ENOUGH ON IT'S OWN?
During the assessment phase of treatment I will be able to recommend what I believe would be the most appropriate plan for you & YOUR recovery. Every client is different and some clients do need a more holistic, team approach- which may include having a psychiatrist and dietician as part of your plan. I can make the necessary referrals if this is needed so that you can have an outpatient team caring for each part of your recovery process.
WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE A DIAGNOSED EATING DISORDER BUT I DO NOT HAVE THE MOST HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD?
That is perfectly fine and more common than you may think! Please do still get in touch to discuss your options!
Registration for New Patients
If you are a new patient and you are interested in having an assessment with Lauren Marie Aron- please click the button "new patient registration form" and complete your registration!