LAUREN ESTRADA

LAUREN ESTRADA, LMSW

PROFESSIONAL BIO:

I currently am a Licensed Master Social Worker who provides counseling to primarily children and families.  I specialize in working with children with severe behavioral dysregulation and help them learn self regulation skills.  This helps them communicate their emotional needs better.  I use play therapy, art therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.  I additionally provide counseling for parenting, co- parenting, and reunification.

EDUCATION:

Graduated from Western New Mexico University with my Masters in Social work.  I currently hold an LSMW (Licensed Master Social Worker) with and additional certification in Rural Community Social Work Services.

EXPERIENCE:

I have several years of experience working with children and families.  I have previous working with children with severe behavioral health needs in the schools and in their home.  Additionally I would provide psycho-education to parents and extended family to assist them with achieving their family goals.  I have also worked with children in CYFD custody and in higher level of care placements, such as treatment foster care or residential treatment centers.  I then worked as a case manager to help individuals obtain various services in order to help their physical and emotional well-being.

WHY I AM A COUNSELOR:

I am a counselor because I am passionate about helping those around me.  Throughout my own experiences I have always had a vision of being the person who I needed when I was younger.  Within life it can be overwhelming to figure out how and why we feel and act certain ways.  I love being able to show individuals how they can grow and working through the areas they feel is holding them back.

INTERESTS:

I love the theater, dancing, and singing.  I enjoy spending time outdoors and hiking/dirt biking.  Spending time with my family and my dogs.