For over 10 years, I have been helping adolescents and adults with behavioral health issues feel better and begin living their lives based on true values. I am a licensed counselor who provides practical help to those who are experiencing problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, relationship issues and more. I believe that it is necessary to feel compassion, support and safety before you are able to begin making choices for health and recovery, and I provide a warm, nonjudgmental atmosphere within the therapy process.
When I reflect on why I became a therapist, many things come to mind – all of which I believe happened at the right moment in the right place. Timing combined with my strong sense of perseverance placed me in the position to receive what I believe is my gift. This gift is also my passion – the ability to sit with others as they experience emotional pain and offer guidance and support as they explore what they need in the moment. I also have my own experiences with anxiety and a loved one’s addiction. These pieces of my life, along with an internship at a local VA hospital early on during my graduate studies, have not only driven me into the helping profession, but have also increased my own self-awareness and empathy for others that might be struggling.
I have experience in inpatient/crisis services and outpatient substance abuse programs and have worked as a certified DWI treatment provider in the past. I worked alongside the Durham Police Department, providing outreach for youth in crisis, ages 16-21, and also facilitated the Family Program for the Mecklenburg County Substance Abuse Services Center. In addition, I have experience working in both residential and outpatient treatment settings for eating disorders. I have special expertise in addictions and eating disorders, and a heart for working with couples and families.
I am Tarheel born and Tarheel bred and enjoy friendly rivalry during the ACC basketball season. I grew up in Winston Salem, N.C. and spent much of my adult life in Chapel Hill/Durham. Most recently, I moved to Charlotte, N.C., where I live with my husband and our miniature poodle, Jake. I also enjoy volunteering and giving back to the community through participating in organizations like the Carolina Poodle Rescue and Give An Hour, providing no-cost medical mental health services to veterans and their families, and partnering with the national non-profit association ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) to provide no-cost eating disorder support groups twice a month.
I am passionate about meeting you where you are in the growth and healing process and guiding you as you find your own way of living a life based on meaning and values. I believe when we can learn how to get out of our own way, everyone has the capacity for finding peace and happiness within ourselves.
Lauren Egleston, LPC, LCAS earned her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She is currently pursuing certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).