Lauren opened Deep Speak in 2020 and began seeing a few clients each month. Now two years later, her practice has grown exponentially. “It’s just exploded. I had my two-year anniversary in April this year and I’ve recently hired another therapist and administration person. We’re getting busier by the day,” she says.
“The name Deep Speak is from my belief that people often have very surface level conversations and keep our talk general when asking how people are going,” she says. “It’s important to me that people talk about what matters to them, so the concept of deep speak is that in my practice we are talking deeply about what is most important.”
In fact, talk therapy is one of the key aspects of Lauren’s practice. “I offer counselling that involves a lot of talk therapy with a focus on psychological strategies,” she says. “The sessions are very free flowing; I allow the clients to direct what they need. I offer specific therapies if clients request that, or I provide an open and safe space to discuss anything.”
Lauren says she works hard to make sure Deep Speak is a space that is comfortable and welcoming to clients. “It’s really important that the clinic is a homely space. A lot of the feedback I’ve had from clients is that they feel quite comfortable when they come to sessions.”
Sometimes, that means there are two or four-legged friends at the clinic. “I have a little bird and two dogs that often make appearances in sessions with younger people,” Lauren says. “Some of my younger clients particularly like the bird just because it’s cheeky and funny and hangs around their shoulder while they’re chatting,” Lauren says.
“I’m really happy for anything that makes it easier for clients to access therapy. It can be a big first step for some people to talk to someone, so I want to make sure that is made easier for them.”
"As a really extroverted person, talking to and meeting with people all the time gives me a lot of joy and energy. I could see people all day long and not tire of that, which is one of the aspects that has kept me so fulfilled in my own practice."
JCU Alumni and Deep Speak Founder, Lauren Cavati