Lauren Michelle Jackson,

LCPC, CDVP & Life Coach

 Founder and Owner of Cultivate Your Essence


When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. I am a woman in process. I'm just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull. Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. What God intended for you goes far beyond

anything you can imagine...

- Oprah Winfrey


Passionate, empathetic and a driven desire to help facilitate positive change in the lives of others is the motivating force behind Lauren Michelle Jackson. Having the ability to relate to others and find common ground has served her well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Life Coach, Certified Domestic Violence,Professional, Speaker and Women’s Advocate.


Lauren’s passion for serving others began when she started her counseling career as a Domestic Violence Therapist and Community Educator. Under this title, Lauren provided individual and family therapy services to victims and their children, lead women empowerment groups, ran teen and adult dating violence seminars & workshops, taught Domestic Violence educational courses and conducted outreach presentations on the importance of Domestic Violence Awareness.


Within the therapeutic relationship, Lauren believes therapy should be a collaborative process, however just like most things in life, one get’s out of therapy what they are willing to put in it. It is her aim to provide a supportive and objective environment for clients to explore, become educated and to create the change they desire to see.


Clients working with Lauren often become empowered to place themselves back on their own priority list, confront feelings from their past - often trauma related - and find ways to gain the healthiest relationship with themselves. This ultimately is based on Lauren’s belief that if we have the best relationship with ourselves it will show to be true in all other aspects of our life’s journey. It is with this awareness that individuals are allowed to give themselves permission to live their absolute best and most authentic life yet.


Lauren is a truly a Gestalt therapist at heart with influences of Feminist, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well.  She believes that by exploring and gaining awareness of one’s past, grants them access to understanding the nature behind their behavioral patterns and gives them the opportunity to make better informed decisions within their life to help foster their continual growth. Lauren is currently not accepting new counseling clients at this time and 

is placing new clients on a waitlist.


Education and Licensure:

Bachelors of Arts, Broadcast Journalism

Hampton University

Masters of Arts, Community Counseling

Argosy University

Life Coaching Certification

Accomplishment Coaching Chicago Program

Illinois Counseling License Number: 180.010875