Lauren Bark is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT) and a Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Drexel University.
For six years, Lauren was the Art Therapist at a non-profit agency where she supported individuals who had been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She previously worked at an outpatient mental health clinic for children, a day program for individuals with brain injuries, and a residential treatment facility for adolescents and young adults. Lauren is in the process of completing the Level-1 Trauma Certificate Program through The Ferentz Institute. She also participates in the Maryland Human Trafficking Clinician Collaborative through the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, Victim Service Subcommittee. This collaborative focuses on the implementation of trauma-informed and collaborative therapeutic services for survivors of human trafficking.
According to the American Art Therapy Association, Art Therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from talk therapy; “kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities” can bypass the limitations of language, giving voice to internal experiences. Lauren maintains an eclectic, person-centered, and trauma-informed approach in her Art Therapy practice. She helps individuals of all ages engage in creative self-expression and reflection to explore and regulate their emotions, gain insight, process trauma, achieve desired change, resolve internal conflict, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve mood, outlook, and self-acceptance.