ABOUT DR. LAUREN FONTENOT
I very much believe in the work I help clients to do – that sense of confidence comes from the fact that the treatments I provide are backed by science. Knowing treatment has been shown to be effective helps clients to feel confident that the risk they are taking will pay off for them in the end. It helps to make that first step into my office a little more comfortable.
The choice to come to therapy isn’t an easy one – really, it’s one of the hardest steps we could choose to take: We’re dealing with difficult problems that have probably plagued us for a while and to deal with them, we need to take a leap of faith to walk into a stranger’s office to start the work of creating lasting change. On top of that, it can be even harder to know if the provider we’re standing before is the “right” one. Therapy is most successful when a client feels heard by their provider, is motivated for treatment, and believes they will benefit from the treatment. My approach to therapy is “I may be the expert on what we do in here, but you are the expert on you.” Treatment is never one-sided. It’s a collaborative effort between two individuals working towards common goals – your goals. To address treatment goals and give clients confidence in the treatments provided, I use research-backed, cognitive-behavioral treatments tailored to each client’s unique concerns and difficulties.
It's important to be informed about treatment. I have intentionally developed this website to not only discuss my practice, but provide education about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, evidence-based treatments, and what clients should expect from therapy. I hope you’ll spend a little time clicking through the different pages to learn more.
A Note from Dr. Fontenot
Dr. Lauren Fontenot, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist (SC#1558) located in Greenville, South Carolina, who specializes in the provision of evidence-based, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to motivated teens and adults (ages 16 through adulthood). She specializes in the treatment of: Depression, Anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Personality Disorders and Substance Use disorders, as well as difficulties related to chronic illness and end of life concerns. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with military veterans on readjustment to civilian life and emotional difficulties related to military service.
Prior to moving to Greenville, Dr. Fontenot earned her PhD from the University of Georgia and completed her clinical residency and a fellowship within The Veterans Administration. Dr. Fontenot’s training within the VA focused on the provision of trauma-focused treatment to Veterans coping with a variety of difficulties, including traumatic brain injury, substance use and military sexual trauma. In addition to training throughout the VA, Dr. Fontenot has also worked in clinic-based and residential settings.
Dr. Fontenot’s thesis and dissertation were focused on how early childhood trauma impacts emotional and relational functioning in adulthood. She is currently a member of the American Psychological Association, The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists, and the South Carolina Psychological Association.
Personally, Dr. Fontenot enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs. Her hobbies include exercising, spending time outdoors, needlepoint and photography. She also very passionate about coffee. Dr. Fontenot is also involved in several volunteer community organizations, including the Junior League of Greenville and the Greenville County Medical Society Alliance.