Lauren Bradley, MA, LPC, CD(DONA)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Doula. I currently practice as an LPC at LeTourneau University, and plan to begin offering specialized counseling services later this year, including in-home visits for new moms as well as office sessions for mothers and families experiencing any of the following hurdles in their journey: infertility, loss, and/or perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I will also continue offering counseling services for other individual, couple, and family issues.
I’ve been married to my husband, Danny, for 9 years, and we have two awesome kids, Claire (4) and Cooper (2). We are expecting our third sometime in July 2018. I’ve lived in Longview since I was 12, and my husband and I both attended LeTourneau University. I then went on to earn my Master of Arts in Counseling at UT Tyler. We have been members of Pathway Church in Longview for almost 6 years, our involvement in which is a major part of our lives as well as in my professional passion and direction.
My personal birth experiences are what drove me to become a labor doula. After feeling completely unsupported during an attempted unmedicated birth in the hospital, I decided to hire a midwife and doula for my second, also in the hospital. The emotional support I received from my doula and the knowledge and familiarity with natural birth my midwife provided were starkly different than what I'd experienced with my first. I decided that every birthing woman and her partner needs that kind of support during the birth of their child (regardless of whether it is at home or a planned cesarean in the hospital), a day that would be forever ingrained in their memory. I attended a training through Doulas of North America International (DONA) in March of 2017, and received my certification in August of 2017. I absolutely love supporting growing families, and appreciate you for taking the time to read about me and my passion.