Meet Lauren Johnson, LCSW, Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist

Denver marriage intensive, Greenwood Village couples intensive, Lauren JohnsonI believe that relationships rule our world!

If you are like most of us, you want so desperately to feel seen, secure and accepted by those most important in your life. And yet, you probably also have times when your relationships are instead painful, leaving you feeling lonely and stuck.

You and your partner can get stuck in a pattern where you misunderstand each other, create stories about why your connection has disappeared, react negatively, or even pull further away from that desired closeness. You are not alone in this cycle.

All couples have a negative pattern they get stuck in that can get in the way of closeness, and even make you question whether you can make it together.

My job is to help you see how you are getting stuck, help you learn to reach out and communicate so that you start feeling the closeness and happiness you have been hoping for.

What is it like to work with me?

It is truly my privilege to assist couples in their search for connection.

I offer a safe space for you that is nonjudgmental and compassionate.

I bring humor into my work with you as I personally know the ups and downs of marriage and raising kids.

I believe that every person has inherent worthiness and brings unique strengths into the room – every session. My role is to be present with you and help you experience yourself and your loved ones in new ways.

Couples Intensives

I work with couples in an intensive format only (one to two days). For ongoing couples counseling or marriage counseling needs, I either partner with your current couples therapist, or we can connect you to on of the other Thrive therapists for any follow-up work after the intensive.

Intensives work best when there is a solid plan for follow up couples therapy, so this is an important part of our planning to do an intensive together. I regularly partner and collaborate with the other therapists at Thrive, so this can be a wonderful choice for your after-care.

I enjoy working with couples in all stages of relationships. I work with couples ranging from those who want to boost their relationship to those that feel their relationship may be on the brink of ending.

It is my role to contain conflict so that there can be NEW experiences within therapy that can eventually transition into the everyday bustle of life.

I can help your relationship if you want to:

  • Get unstuck from rigid relationship patterns where you end up feeling unheard, not cared for and discouraged.
  • Have more genuine connections with your partner
  • Heal from broken trust if an affair happened.
  • Increase romance or sexual intimacy in your relationship
  • Want to learn more about your own emotions and how to assert your needs in a healthy way
  • Navigate the BIG life transitions such as marriage, starting a family, parenting, or dealing with an empty-nest.

What are some of my favorite things?

  • Traveling with my husband and kids
  • Mountain time
  • Snuggling with my kids watching a movie
  • Camping in our Airstream all over Colorado
  • Time with friends when I laugh so hard that I cry
  • Falling into a good book

What are my hours?

I see couples for intensives only, typically two days of in-depth work. 

To learn more about intensives, please read about them here. If an intensive seems like a fit for you, please call 303-513-8975, X1 to speak with our scheduler Joanne who can set you up with a free consult call with me.

What is my background?

I received my Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver and my BA from CU Boulder. I worked for many years with children and their families at a residential/day treatment program in Denver. In the past few years I have worked with adults, adolescents, couples and families at a non-profit counseling center in Brighton.

Through my journey in this field I found my PASSION for working with couples and discovered an approach that would change my work forever. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) became my lifeline as I have witnessed amazing results for couples from all backgrounds and stages in life.

I would love to work with you. Let’s get started today!