Lauren Aron28 September 2022
‘Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable, it means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need. To talk about your feelings and to have the hard conversations.’
Lauren Aron, Creston College Class of 2011, lives by these words of her idol Brene Brown, a clinical social worker and shame and vulnerability researcher. Lauren currently resides in London where she works as a specialised psychotherapist at a private clinic, helping those struggling to find freedom from their inner struggles and pain.
… but it was at Creston College that her journey to help others began. ‘The school really helped mould me into the person I am today, I am forever thankful for the love, kindness, education and support received during my time there.’ Lauren loved attending school in a small town where everyone knew everyone, and says she is still close to many of her school friends – something very special indeed.
After finishing her matric year Lauren went on to study at Stellenbosch University where she obtained an honours degree in social work and psychology. Thereafter she enrolled at the University of Cape Town and completed a master’s degree in clinical social work.
Lauren is now a specialised psychotherapist, but does she have any other plans for her future? ‘I think most likely opening my own private practice specialising in eating disorders. Although, I must say I am currently living my dream.’ And what about her dream for South Africa? ‘Peace and prosperity – we have the most beautiful country in the world, with so much hope and potential.’
We are grateful to Lauren for inspiring us to help others, in whichever way we can. Who knows, there might by a Nobel Prize in Lauren’s future. We will certainly be keeping a close eye on her.