Lauren_Woodard_LCSW_AshevilleNC

“We rise by lifting others.” -Robert Ingersoll

Since childhood, I have loved listening to the stories of others. To me, a person’s narrative provides great insight into the person they are, and the strengths they already have. I believe that we all have the capacity for resilience, emotional growth, and healing…we sometimes just need the insight of an unbiased and caring individual to help us see the strength we possess. That’s where I come in.

I am passionate about working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety and depression surrounding life changes or adjustment. Why, you might ask? Simply put, I have walked my own path of such struggles. I have been the teenager desperately searching to figure out who I was while trying to please everyone around me. I have been the college student riddled with self-doubt and anxiety to the point where a 97 on an exam wasn’t good enough. I have been the young adult who moved to a new city not knowing a soul and trying to carve out a career path for myself while facing daily sadness and worry about the future.

I understand the pressure of “perfect,” the anxiety of “not good enough,” and the fear that someone might find out that you have struggles, too. I know the heaviness of anxiety that feels like drowning and sadness that makes you want to shut the world out. I have walked in those shoes and know that sometimes you need someone who can walk with you for awhile.

I absolutely love the work I do. There is something about watching someone have an “aha” moment or breaking through an emotion or block that has been holding them back that is far more fulfilling than I ever imagined possible. It’s why I do this, it’s why I will continue doing this, and it’s why I will show up for you and help you with what you are going through.

Education and Career Background  

So now that you know why I love what I do… here’s a 30 second summary of why I am qualified, too. I have been working with child, adolescent, and adult clients in all stages of transition since 2007. I have worked closely with children and adults adjusting to a chronic illness and chronic pain, and am passionate about helping individuals through what can be a very vulnerable period of life. I also particularly enjoy working with adolescents and young adult clients, especially where it concerns self-discovery and carving out a path for one’s self.

I have my B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville (class of 2007) and my Master’s of Social Work from Western Carolina University (class of 2009). I am fully licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in North Carolina. I worked as a social worker in Washington, DC for several years, but am happy to be doing the work I love in the mountain town of Asheville, NC that I call home.