About Lauren
Lauren Crawford Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997 and earned her LCSW in 1999. Early in her career, she worked with people in all stages of the adoption process, coordinating adoption programs for two family services agencies. She also worked as the children’s program therapist at a residential treatment center called Inner Harbour. While working her day jobs, she began seeing additional private practice clients in 1997. While her foundational training was based in a psychodynamic approach, in her almost two decades of working in psychotherapy, she has found her interests changing and growing. She started uncovering her interest in mindfulness in recent years, and she completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Atlanta Mindfulness Center in 2013. She has training in EFT Tapping, and she is currently taking a yearlong course to become certified to use hypnotherapy in her work.

About Jessica
jessica-smith-bioJessica earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and then a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, both from Mercer University. She first gained experience in the field of mental health when she took a position in a rural mental health center, where she worked primarily with children and adolescents with severe and persistent behavioral health issues. After several years, she moved on and worked at a couple of community-based mental health centers in the metro-Atlanta area, which provided her with more opportunities to work with more diverse groups of people. In 2010, she decided to open a private practice in the Atlanta area, so she could focus on her specializations. For more information on Jessica’s practice, visit www.serenitycounselingservices.net.

About Hillary, Associate

Hillary Boykin - Counselor with Inner Balance in Atlanta, GeorgiaHillary Boykin is a Nationally Certified Counselor in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgia College & State University and her Master’s Degree from Mercer University. Her main goal in therapy is to help her clients find their inner power in order to take charge over their own lives. Hillary recognizes that all human beings need love and approval; however, she believes that if we place the foundation of our worth in the hands of others, we condemn ourselves to a life of always trying to please. She believes the key to meeting this need is finding the deepest sense of love and approval within ourselves. The road to self-love begins with letting go of shame through vulnerability and authenticity.

Hillary’s therapeutic style is direct and honest without ever sacrificing compassion or empathy. She works with each client based on their individual needs, tailoring her techniques to each person’s goals using mindfulness, expressive arts, emotionally-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Above all, her therapeutic process emphasizes genuineness.

Hillary has experience working with clients who are struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, and attachment disorders, to name a few.

Hillary is greatly inspired by Brené Brown, Natalie Rogers, and Victor Frankl.

You can reach her at hillary@innerbalanceatlanta.com.

Inner Balance Counseling is proud to be a part of a larger network of practitioners at TherapyWorks ATL.