Lauren Milburn, MA, R-DMT (she/her/hers) is a dance/movement therapist with an embodied social justice lens. She completed her Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA at Columbia College Chicago and implemented a participatory research thesis project exploring relational movement practices for social change.
While serving Veterans with post-traumatic stress during her internship at Jesse Brown VAMC, Lauren gained experience offering trauma-informed dance/movement therapy, engaging creative process in performance as therapy, and developing interdisciplinary community reintegration options. Lauren’s clinical experience also includes supporting body awareness, emotional intelligence, crisis management, and nonviolent communication in inpatient, residential, outpatient, and partial hospitalization settings for children, adolescents, adults, and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities living with mental illness. She advocates for harm reduction while utilizing motivational interviewing and strengths-based approaches to address often co-occurring substance use disorders.
Lauren can be found volunteering in the community providing creative and mindfulness-based activities for recently arrived refugee and immigrant youth to encourage self-esteem and welcome a sense of belonging. In sessions, Lauren practices responsive witnessing to hold space for collective care, body liberation, and transformation as individuals disrupt harmful patterns and integrate meaning from their experiences.