Lauren Mendez, MS
Mental Health Practitioner
Masters of Social Work Practicum Student

Phone: (507) 909-5511 x506
Fax: (507) 888-0001

As with many, the COVID-19 pandemic served as a time of reflection about the world and my place in it. Out of this came the decision to go back to school and complete a Master of Social Work degree with a trauma-informed clinical emphasis. Having a professional background in public service, health care, and higher education, I have always found great fulfillment in assisting and empowering others in navigating these systems. I’ve come to find that the most important system to navigate is the relationship we have with ourselves and the world around us. I seek to help navigate that system by providing a safe space, where together, we can explore individual strengths and resources to find a place of healing and empowerment.

In my own life’s system, I find great joy in my family and friends, especially my two children. I enjoy reading (a variety of genres), photography, traveling, and being outdoors. In my home, you will most likely hear Irish and Caribbean music and be met with the smell of coffee. I genuinely love interacting with the broad spectrum of humanity but enjoy my reflective time alone as well.



BA in International Relations, Minnesota State University-Mankato, December 2011
BS in Spanish, Minnesota State University-Mankato, December 2011


– Non-profit Leadership, Minnesota State University-Mankato, December 2011


– MS in Spanish, Minnesota State University-Mankato, May 2017
– Master’s of Social Work, Winona State University, Expected April 2025


– Adolescence and young adults
– Children (5 and up)
– Immigrants and refugees (hablo español)
– Women and mothers

Treatment Modalities:

  • Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework
  • Trauma Informed Approach (TIA) Internal Family Systems
  • Somatic Therapies
  • Motivational Interviewing