Lauren Hval, M.S., Intake Department Team Member

Lauren Hval, M.S.  

Intake Department Team Member 

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

I’m so excited to be a part of the Intake Team at the Institute for Girls’ Development! As the first point of contact for potential clients, I try to offer a safe and inclusive space to support families as they take new steps towards wellness. Through initial phone consultations, I’m able to connect individuals with a therapist on our team and/or a therapy group that best fits their needs. 

I have a Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Oregon. During my studies, I gained experience providing therapy to female-identified and gender-expansive youth and their families as we worked on skill-building, communication, and empowerment. I have advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Intimate Partner Violence Universal Screening, Group Counseling, Addiction and Recovery, Relational Sex Therapy, and Suicide Risk Assessment, Intervention, and Safety Planning. 

My prior experience includes many years of youth and family bereavement/grief support at a local hospice center. I am currently involved in the implementation and evaluation of youth suicide prevention programs in school districts.


As an Intake Team Member, I am particularly interested in facilitating support around the following areas:

  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Body Image
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Emotional Intelligence Skill-Building 
  • Self Esteem and Self Compassion
  • Gender and Sexuality Exploration
  • Youth, Adolescents, Early Adulthood
  • Emotion Socialization in Families
  • Parenting Interventions

Professional Affiliations:

  • University of Oregon Suicide Prevention Lab
  • University of Oregon Center on Human Development
  • Western Implementation Society for Practice and Research (WISPR)

Prior Experience:

  • Therapist Intern – Center for Healthy Relationships
  • Therapist Intern – The Child Center
  • Group Facilitator – Courageous Kids


  • Master of Sciences in Couples and Family Therapy, University of Oregon
  • Master of Research in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology, VU University Amsterdam
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Oregon
    • Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Mission:  My mission is to contribute to the collective movement of empowerment and healing for youth and their families.

Phone:  626-585-8075 ext. 108

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