Lauren Giles, LPC-Intern
Supervised by Britney J. Watson, M.S., LPC-S
First of all, I would like to acknowledge and applaud you for seeking out help by taking the first step of looking for a counselor. It takes extreme strength, courage and vulnerability to know when it is time to reach out for connection and ask for help so you can find your way back to yourself. I have complete confidence in the power of a healing, corrective experience and helping clients to move in the direction of improving their resilience, independence, decision-making and life competency.
Research has shown that the best predictor of a successful therapeutic experience is a strong therapeutic alliance and rapport between the therapist and client. I believe in fostering feelings of trust, respect and hope. I also believe in fostering and creating a safe non-judgmental, collaborative atmosphere that invites clients to express themselves in an authentic, honest, and direct way through unconditional positive regard, understanding, empathy, undivided attention, compassion, absolute acceptance, empowerment and encouragement.
I’ve always been fascinated with matters of the mind, which led me to obtain my B.A. in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin in 2015. I went on to receive my M.A. in Counseling at St. Edward’s University in 2019. I’ve gained all of my experience in a non-profit setting with teens and adults, providing long-term therapy dealing with various issues including depression, anxiety, loss and grief, ADHD, substance abuse, familial issues, trauma, existential life concerns, LGBTQIA+, poly/kink/sex positive, and general everyday transitions and life stressors.
Over that time, I’ve developed an eclectic approach to counseling because I know every individual client is a unique human being and not every approach will work for every client. Therapy needs to be tailored to each unique, individual client. I love to pull from various different perspectives including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Therapies (including Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Attachment Theory, Person-Centered Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Positive Psychotherapy and various other research-informed modalities.
Ultimately, it would be my honor and pleasure to be able to go through this process of change with you. Please feel free to reach out to me if you feel we would be a good match! I would love to hear from you.
If you would like to see me, please email me at:
or call me at (361) 880-0616 to schedule a session. I am also open to scheduling a free 15-minute phone consultation before we meet.
Fee: $120 per 50-minute session
I offer a sliding scale to a select number of clients in need.