Lauren Cunningham, MSW, LCSW, J.A.

Treatment Approach

As a Jungian analyst I see children and adults in my practice for depth-lauren_cunninghamoriented psychotherapy and analysis. I use a relational model, which focuses on feelings that come up between myself and my client as we work on the outer and inner concerns the client brings to the hour. Symbolic images that come from dreams, sandplay and art are integrated into the analytic work to explore deeper meanings and to elucidate concerns that are brought into the hour. I use play therapy as appropriate for children, pre-school through adolescence, and offer materials such as a castle and doll house, puppets, musical instruments and games. I believe in a growth rather than a pathology oriented process, viewing problems-in-living as an opportunity to further self-development, growth, and awareness.


I am a California licensed clinical social worker (#4416) and analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. I am a Teaching Member of Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy, and adjunct faculty member in the Expressive Arts Program at California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. I provide consultation and training for mental health professionals and offer a sandplay consultation and training groups. I am founding editor of the Journal of Sandplay Therapy and an assistant editor of The C.G. Jung Institute’s Library Journal.

I graduated from UC Berkeley in 1972, am a Board Certified Diplomate in Social Work (1988) and have been in private practice for over 30 years. Currently I am a consultant for the San Francisco Parent Participation Nursery Schools and am a Continuing Education provider (#3567) of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. I lecture internationally on sandplay.


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