About Lauren McGinty
Lauren is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) #14579 and member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a student member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has her Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in drawing and painting with a minor in museum studies from the University of Guelph. She is currently acquiring her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and is thrilled to be under the supervision of MyLife’s Clinical Director Mark Nixon for her internship.
Coming from a non-traditional psych background, Lauren has a range of unique life experiences in which to draw from and relate to. From competing across North America as an equestrian, assistant producing (& even spearheading Canadian sales for a time) at Toronto’s iconic Second City, and acting in television and stage while in a metal band, she understands the demands of a high-performance lifestyle, and the challenges and delights of relating to a wide range of personalities.
Resonating with the universal nature of existential philosophy Lauren draws from a range of therapeutic modalities so as to have the best fitting tools for each clients specific needs. She also takes a peer-based approach having completed CMHA’s Foundations of Peer Support and their Skills for Safer Living, drawing from her own experiences with mental health challenges and the systems around it.
Lauren prefers a holistic and strength based approach (rather than exclusively problem/issue focused), wanting to understand an individual’s unique meaning making, resulting perspectives, experiences, and values on a micro and macro scale, and then leveraging ones natural talents and abilities even further, developing skills and addressing needs as they come up naturally. While drawing from dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) basics for coping and emotional regulation skill building, Lauren isn’t afraid to dive in deep and meet all the parts of a person, finding and following feelings (Gestalt/Internal Family Systems).
In particular, Lauren knows therapy can be hard, but it shouldn’t be scary. She often filters sessions through an artist’s lens, taking great inspiration from Maya Angelou’s quote: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” She meets clients as an excited, educated, willing peer, content to meet you “where you’re at” and find out where you want to go, and how you want to get there! She’ll note that not knowing is okay too.
When Lauren isn’t in the office, she’s likely in rehearsals for something… jamming or performing with her band, in a musical, on set, seeing a comedy show, falling down a research rabbit hole, knitting socks and sweaters, dancing up a storm, or on a trail ride enjoying the forest or your favourite farmers field.