My name is Lauren Queen and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor serving the greater St. Louis area via in-person and/or telehealth therapy sessions. I am also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois, which allows me to work virtually with clients located in Illinois. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Butler University, then went on to complete my Master of Arts in Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary. During my Masters program I completed my internship at Meier Clinics, and upon graduation I counseled at a local Christian private practice for 10 years. In addition to being fully licensed in Missouri and Illinois, I am a National Board Certified Counselor. I am also certified by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) in a type of trauma treatment called EMDR, which is one of the most effective ways to treat significant negative life events and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In January 2011 I attended a five day intensive Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Conference. It was fascinating to hear about how this form of treatment helps individuals reprocess their traumatic experiences in different parts of the brain, yielding incredible results. You can learn more about EMDR therapy by visiting EMDRIA’s website (CLICK HERE). Although I specialize in EMDR therapy, I work with a wide variety of other mental health issues. For more information, please visit my SERVICES page. In October 2019 I started my own solo private practice, Abounding Grace Counseling, LLC. As a Christian counselor I chose this company name based upon the Scripture passage John 1:16, which states “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” I believe that regardless of our faith, God extends grace to all people and this grace has the potential to transform lives. It is my hope that I can communicate and model this grace to my clients in a way that fosters transformative change in their areas of struggle. Most recently in 2021 I began training my Golden Retriever, Tucker, to become my co-therapist. He was born on June 4, 2021 and is still acts very much like a puppy. He has been through A LOT of training with me and I’ve been told by the trainer he is currently “too happy” to be able to pass his final Canine Good Citizen test (what a problem to have, huh?!). I will continue to work with him as we wait for him to mature, and I’m hoping that by the time he turns two years old he can be in the office with clients more regularly. In the meantime, you can follow Tucker’s journey and gain helpful mental health tools (“Tucker’s Tips”) on his YouTube Channel @untuckeredout if interested.