Lauren Wynne, PhD, LPC, NCCRegistered Play Therapist & Supervisor (RPT&S)
"As a play therapist and child counselor, I try to provide an environment where children can express their concerns and find new, more appropriate ways to cope. Play is the natural language of children, and toys are their words. This approach to child counseling and family consultation is helpful to children who are struggling with personal, family, educational, social, and emotional concerns. Through play, children learn communication, social, and decision-making skills as well as develop cognitively and emotionally. I believe that a child's treatment outcome is directly affected by parent involvement, and I look forward to working with parents and other family members throughout the helping process."
In 2000, Lauren Wynne earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from Georgia State University. Before that, she earned her M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. Dr. Wynne is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Registered Play Therapist & Supervisor. Dr. Wynne has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including the Alachua County Crisis Center, the University of Florida Division of Housing, and Gwinnett County Public Schools. She has worked as a faculty member in the counselor education programs at Georgia State University and, most recently, Longwood University. She is often asked to provide trainings for school and community-based mental health providers who want to incorporate expressive therapies into their counseling practice. Dr. Wynne's current practice focus includes working with clients on issues that include anxiety, K-12 school/college transitions, family changes, family conflict, and grief/loss. She also enjoys leading parenting groups and consulting with high school students and their families about the college transition process.
"Dr. Wynne is wonderful and my toddler son enjoy seeing her and doing the therapy using play. I am just thankful that she is a therapist in the area that uses play therapy because it was hard for me to find a play therapist. She has a wonderful personality and is wonderful with kids and is able to get down to their level."