College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dr. Lauren Chase is a contributing faculty member at Walden and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program with a concentration in Play Therapy and graduated in May 2021. She is also a clinical therapist in private practice, working with clients across the life span from young children to adults. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina, and she holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Her education and professional career have been focused on culturally responsive child-centered play therapy with children and families. She has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, high school, university disability services, homeless shelter, and residential facility over the course of four years. She has won awards for her commitment to the field of suicide prevention and for promoting creativity in the counseling profession. Her research interests center on social justice advocacy, trauma, cultural humility, and play therapy.