Laffan Wellness

a safe space where we take care of our own

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Lauren Lowe | MA, LMFT

Hi—I’m Lauren. I am a Princeton undergraduate with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology. I’ve been working in the mental health field for over a decade and have extensive experience utilizing EMDR therapy to treat patients who suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety, various phobias, trauma and substance abuse.

My approach is practical, strength-based and solution-focused. I help my clients work through interpersonal problems, process emotions, and build coping skills and self-awareness to help reduce and eliminate symptoms. Together, we find practical, meaningful, and most importantly, sustainable methods to return to functional, joy-filled lives.

I treat substance abuse and provide follow-up support to help individuals achieve long-term, satisfying sobriety. I facilitate and encourage my clients’ efforts to utilize community resources and maintain sober community ties.

I have experience working as an expert witness for patients involved in legal cases resulting from injury-related trauma (PTSD from car accidents, distress from wrongful terminations and other trauma-related psychological injuries). I have testified as an expert witness at depositions, arbitrations and trials. I also provide formal psychological evaluations for attorneys requiring documentation of their clients’ psychological damages.

I encourage people to begin therapy when they feel they are ready. Rather than merely “co-signing victimhood,” I hold my clients accountable for their progress, and help them maximize their time and resources. I challenge my clients to apply themselves throughout the therapy process so they experience the most benefits and the best results. I encourage individuals to focus on what they can control and teach tools to address difficult relationships and
life situations. We learn new behaviors, boundaries, and perspectives to expedite the healing process and start to feel results as soon as possible.

  • EMDR

Brittany Thomas-Vestal

Isolation, trauma, loneliness, shame and anxiety. How much do these words hit home for you? Chronic stress can leave you feeling helpless, frustrated, and so much more. These emotions can seep into all aspects of your life, leaving you questioning your own strength. I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. When you’re supported with empathy and compassion, it’s entirely possible to rediscover the resilience and courage you’ve always had, and overcome what can feel like the hardest part of life. Your story is unique to you as is your experience of your trauma.
I take an accepting approach to help clients reach their full potential. We’ll look directly at your barriers, examine them as a team, and create strategies and solutions that make sense for you. I specialize in working with First Responders and their spouses. I also work with individuals on perinatal mental health/infertility and toxic cycle breaking .
I believe bravery and resiliency are innate in all of us, but in order to really feel brave, we sometimes need extra support. This is why this work is so important to me. While you show up being open to growth and change, I’ll show up genuinely and authentically, free of judgment to help you in this journey. 
  • EMDR

Clark S. Marshall

A trusting and genuine relationship with your therapist is the most important part of the therapeutic process. This is why, despite the theoretic perspective, I strive to accomplish an authentic relationship with each and every person, family or couple that comes to see me. Whether your goals are to recover from trauma, evolve or repair your relationships, or to build a happier sense of a self, it all starts with a trusting well defined attachment to your therapist. Thank you for reading my profile and I look forward to hearing from you.
I find success working with all types of couples and polyamorous relationships. The reason I became a therapist is because I enjoy helping people identify and minimize the barriers in life which then allows them to enjoy their life.
  • EMDR

Christina Moylan | LMFT

Psychosis is a treatable condition. I truly believe this because I have seen recovery and restoration of functioning happen for many of the clients I have worked with in both inpatient and outpatient settings over the years. I am delighted to now be offering my services in the private practice setting.
I enjoy working with individuals and families impacted by mood and thought disorders. Using a person-centered, not illness-centered, approach I strive to assist my clients in improving their lives by focusing on the four principles of recovery: Hope, Empowerment, Self-Responsibility, and Meaningful Role in Life.
  • EMDR

Kathleen Wood O’Malley | LMFT, 

My Therapeutic Work

I love what I do. My clients and I make sense of what seems to make no sense at all and we find healing and joy together.

California native married 30 years, with 4 adult children. I have lived in Sacramento region since 90s. I like to practice what I preach and take time for my own-care, balancing work and play. Traveling feeds my soul, and I take care of myself through exercise, cooking, music and art.

Some clients want to work from the inside out, looking deep inside themselves to change their emotional response to stress and difficulties. Others like to work from the outside in, learning skills and psychoeducation to manage difficult feelings and emotions. I work with clients to find out what works best and we go from there.

Many of my clients carry a lifetime of
trauma in their bodies, trauma that may show up as an anxiety, depression, anger, self-harm or substance use issues. I pull from various empirically supported practices including Brainspotting, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Mindfulness and Yoga, and Art Therapy.

Education
• MA, Notre Dame de Namur University, Marriage & Family Therapy and Art Therapy
• BS, Exercise Science, CSU Fresno

Professional Trainings
• Certified Brainspotting
• RYT 200
• Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Professional Experience
I have worked with families, adults and children in various settings for over 35 years. For the last four years I have been in private practice in Midtown Sacramento, serving individuals and couples.

  • Brainspotting
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga

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