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Hi! I’m Lauren Rasmussen. 
I am a trauma-informed and trained practitioner who specializes in complex trauma, disordered eating & nervous system regulation. I am a Certified Trauma Informed Coach and NARM Practitioner. I have a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience. I am also currently working towards my second degree, a masters in Counseling Psychology. I have advanced training in Somatic Attachment Therapy, Inner Relationship Focusing, Attachment Theory, Polyvagal Theory, & Internal Family Systems. I also hold certifications in Intuitive Eating, Body Image in a Clinical Practice, Holistic Nutrition, & am a 200 hour E-RYT YACEP Yoga instructor. I am a multi-passionate practitioner who utilizes a combination of resources to help support clients through creating mental and emotional wellness. 

If we put my professional career aside, I am also a human. My work is deeply rooted in my personal mission and what I have walked through in my own life. On my Instagram platform, @laurenrasmussen_, I share bits of my own story with the intention to remind others that they are not alone. Because healing can feel really, really lonely sometimes. 

I work with clients from all walks of life to help them reclaim their bodies and create a life that they feel safe living. No matter what they’ve been through, no matter who has hurt them, and no matter how hard they’ve been on themselves–they deserve to heal. This is my life’s work, and I’m more passionate about it than anything in the world. 



Lauren Rasmussen

Complex Trauma Practitioners

Founder, Complex Trauma Practitioner

AVAILABILITY | Please fill out the application to learn about how you can work with Lauren.

SPECIALIZATIONS | Complex Trauma, Disordered Eating, Somatic Attachment

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AVAILABILITY | Please fill out the application to learn about how you can work with Lauren.

SPECIALIZATIONS | Complex Trauma, Disordered Eating, Somatic Attachment

I’m Suneeta Johnson but you can call me Sunny. I use she/her pronouns. I specialize in self advocacy, boundary setting & values based work with a foundation in empathy & recognition. I utilize elements of healing & trauma practices throughout all of my work with clients. I’ve been coaching within the personal growth world for 14 years. I really starting to hone in on trauma informed and counselling techniques for the last 5 years in my social work practice, meeting and working with Lauren as a mentor through her 1:1 coaching over the last year.

I hold a BA in Child and Youth Care Counselling with a specialization in Child Protection, and have just recently completed my MA in Counselling Psychology. I also have certifications in First Nations Social Work Delegation Training through the Aboriginal Perspective Society, Mental Health First Aid, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

I believe that each client is the expert in their own life experiences. Having been in the field of Social Work for 8 years, I have a passion for social justice and supporting equity and equality among people of all walks of life. I strive to guide clients through, any part of their healing journey, with empowerment and gentle support. Clients who work with me can expect to come to a safe space to process their life with the option to work through a variety of counselling techniques but ultimately, I will always meet client wherever they are in their journey and comfort level.

Outside of work, I am a heterosexual, cisgendered female, Canadian born to Fijian Indian/Australian settler parents. I acknowledge that I live and work on the unceded and traditional territory of the sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) and S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō) First Nations people. I am a wife and fur momma to two orange tabby cats (Emry and Murphy) and one high energy Golden Retriever (Charlie).

Suneeta Johnson

Complex Trauma Practitioner

AVAILABILITY | Tuesdays & Fridays

SPECIALIZATIONS | Body Neutrality & Disordered Eating, Complex Trauma, Self Advocacy & Boundary Setting with Specialization in Systemic Environments

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Suneeta Johnson

Complex Trauma Practitioner

AVAILABILITY | Tuesdays

SPECIALIZATIONS | Body Neutrality & Disordered Eating, Complex Trauma, Self Advocacy & Boundary Setting with Specialization in Systemic Environments

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Hi! My name is Courtney Shrum and I am a trauma-informed practitioner who works from an integrated psychodynamic and trauma informed approach. I believe that we are all carrying some degree of past trauma or distress that impacts how we function and cope in the present. I want to understand how what happened to you impacts the way you think, feel and process life. I am a calm and compassionate practitioner who creates a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to further explore your truth. 

I hold a MA in Mental Health Counselling and also have a background in exercise science with a bachelor's in kinesiology and various certifications surrounding fitness and nutrition (CFL-1, Pn1). With that background, I can help you translate your reactions and emotions as they appear from your body, as well as teach you how to communicate back to create a more harmonious experience internally.

Outside of work, I love to challenge myself with weightlifting and spend time outdoors walking or hiking with my dog, Ripley. Both of these frequently make an appearance on my Instagram: @courtshrum. 

Over the time that I’ve been practicing, I’ve been able to provide clients with trauma informed healing in regards to connecting to their authentic self, growing the window of tolerance for emotions, building greater self-confidence and addressing the role of stress in their lives. We also work on building greater awareness of emotions and their impacts, growing a purposeful self-care practice, better understanding change management and motivation and identifying repeating patterns of behavior and why.

I am so grateful to have joined The Simplest Self in the work of providing care for those who are in need. I am passionate about the necessity of mental health care in this world and am hopeful to do my part in working with you.


Courtney Shrum

Complex Trauma Practitioner

AVAILABILITY | Mondays with some flexibility throughout the week

SPECIALIZATIONS | ​Complex Trauma, Somatic Experiencing​, High Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem

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Courtney Shrum

Complex Trauma Practitioner

AVAILABILITY | Mondays with some flexibility throughout the week

SPECIALIZATIONS | Complex Trauma, Somatic Experiencing​, High Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem


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Hi! I’m Emily Bitz. I’m a trauma-informed practitioner at The Simplest Self. I have a degree in Psychology where my course load focussed on Developmental Theory & Counselling Psychology. I am also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN). 

I consider myself to be a multi-passionate human! To further my educational background,
I am also beginning a Trauma Informed course in Somatic Trauma Therapy, where I am eager to learn about trauma practice even further.

I have previously worked in practice with many clients who saw amazing growth through boundary setting, self-awareness, and improved coping skills. I find this work deeply rewarding. Besides my hands-on experience, I have spent hundreds of hours reading scientific and theoretical based books on topics including developmental trauma, relational trauma, and nervous system work.

Overcoming my own personal challenges growing up made me realize my life’s work was to help others. Life can be better, and I am here to help guide you on your path to healing.

In my personal life, I used to be an avid traveler. Now I love to read books, cook, study herbalism, hike, and spend time with my friends and family. I now love to embrace my true-homebody self!

You can see more about me on my Instagram account @emily.bitz

I am so excited to join the Simplest Self and grow with the team! 

Emily Bitz

Complex Trauma Practitioner

AVAILABILITY | Mondays & Fridays

SPECIALIZATIONS | Food Freedom, Relationship Anxiety, Self-Worth

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Emily Bitz

Complex Trauma Practitioner

AVAILABILITY | Mondays & Fridays

SPECIALIZATIONS | Food Freedom, Relationship Anxiety, Self-Worth

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Emily is currently being mentored and supervised by Lauren.

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Administrative Team

Crystal is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor who focuses on body-image healing through an anti-diet lense. As a former professional dancer and fitness studio owner, Crystal's own journey began steeped in diet-culture, with body image and self-worth entangled in both her personal and professional approach to health. Through years of self-study as well as working with clients from all walks of life, she has grown passionate about sharing the Intuitive Eating framework and helping others shift from a weight-health paradigm into a Health At Every Size (HAES) mentality in order to pursue a more peaceful and aligned relationship with food, mind, and body.

Since first discovering The Simplest Self in 2019, Crystal has always been drawn to Lauren's mission of providing the most supportive Trauma Informed Care. She is both honored and excited to be working with Lauren and The Simplest Self team.

Crystal Sovay

Client Support Specialist

As the Executive Assistant, Sarah has had the pleasure of working with Lauren and The Simplest Self behind the scenes since 2020. She regularly gets to support the passion and care that continuously pours into this practice. 

Outside of this community, Sarah works as a freelance digital video editor, videographer and photographer. She is the owner and creator of Solay Creative Media, working with various industries including arts entertainment and recreation. You can often find her hiding behind a camera, editing in the back of her '98 Honda Cr-V or cheering on a live drag show. Sarah identifies as a queer, cisgender woman who lives and works on the traditional, ancestral and unceded shared territories of the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) [kwee-kwet- lum], Semiahmoo (semi-ah-moo) and sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen) [tsa-wah-sen]) First Nations. 

Sarah Lay

Executive Assistant

Crystal is the face behind the emails when you first book a discovery call and helps you find the right practitioner to work with. She is here to support you throughout the onboarding process. We are very lucky to have her expertise and look forward to you being able to receive support from her!  

Sarah is the lead behind the scenes. She is in charge of all support of our website, scheduling, and Client Portal (The Virtual Trauma Healing Library). She edits all videos for the hub, creates all the supplementary exercises and diagrams, and essentially helps Lauren with basically everything! She ensures the team at The Simplest Self is supported so they have the space to be with clients. We are incredibly lucky to have her on our team! 

Monita is one with the numbers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from BCIT, and is currently working towards her CPA. Outside of the office, she spends her spare time reading suspense thriller novels, listening to true crime podcasts and attending hot yoga classes.

Monita lives and works on the traditional, ancestral and unceded shared territories of the ditay (Katzie), dwa:h/an (Kwantlen), kwikwadam (Kwikwetlem) [kwee-kwet-lum], Semiahmoo (semi-ah-moo) and scawafan masteyaxw (Tsawwassen) [tsa-wah-sen]) First Nations.

Monita Naicker

 Bookkeeper and Billing Support 

Monita helps take care of all our existing clients and team! She’s the face and voice behind emails when you contact us for any administrative or billing support. She ensures our clients and team are supported so we can focus on what we love doing most, which is holding space for our clients! 

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                          within this coaching practice is to help humans feel safe in their bodies so they can feel empowered in their life. We are here to hold space in a compassionate and curious way. Using both top-down and bottom-up modalities, we begin to connect you back to yourself, regulate your emotions, and start to understand that you make sense so you can begin to walk forward in your life. 

Our intention 

She welcomed all topics of conversation, from childhood experiences to current relationship roadblocks, and helped me connect all things to presence in body and honoring my intuition. In such a short amount of time Lauren has helped me move mountains. I have started feeding myself, finding alternatives to shutting down when my emotions are elevated, and have found a type of movement that feels good and doesn’t trigger fantasies of weight loss. At the heart of her program is connection, and I cannot recommend this course enough.

 TAYLOR

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"My time working with Lauren was nothing short of incredible. She created the most warm and loving space for me to talk all things body, and I felt safe talking to her about familial diet culture, emotional and physical traumas, present stagnancy, and escapism from my body. "

anonymous

The meditations were golden and freed up space in my mind to be creative. The yoga was chill and so yummy for the body. The modules were filled with content necessary to prime you for the journaling that followed. In 1:1s, I broke down barriers I had let fester for 7 years. Lauren guided each session with curiosity and respect. If you are looking to learn more, to challenge more, and to gain more- The Simplest Self is right for you.

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"Working with Lauren allowed me to process emotions in new ways, unlearn fused thought patterns, and challenge assumptions I had been making for years about my body and food."

The meditations were golden and freed up space in my mind to be creative. The yoga was chill and so yummy for the body. The modules were filled with content necessary to prime you for the journaling that followed. In 1:1s, I broke down barriers I had let fester for 7 years. Lauren guided each session with curiosity and respect. If you are looking to learn more, to challenge more, and to gain more- The Simplest Self is right for you.

ANONYMOUS

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"WORKING WITH LAUREN ALLOWED ME TO PROCESS EMOTIONS IN NEW WAYS, UNLEARN FUSED THOUGHT PATTERNS, AND CHALLENGE ASSUMPTIONS I HAD BEEN MAKING FOR YEARS ABOUT MY BODY AND FOOD."

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becky

I love who i am inside and out, and I respect my body. I learned how to respect and feel my emotions. I 1000% recommend this to others. This will get you thinking on a deeper level, and will help your personal growth so much. Lauren is so knowledgeable and she always pours her heart into her clients.

"I never thought that I would be where I am now. I went from being a person who had a vision in her head of what she thought she should look like, and I’m not this person who is just loving me for me."

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I love who i am inside and out, and I respect my body. I learned how to respect and feel my emotions. I 1000% recommend this to others. This will get you thinking on a deeper level, and will help your personal growth so much. Lauren is so knowledgeable and she always pours her heart into her clients.

Becky

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"I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD BE WHERE I AM NOW. I WENT FROM BEING A PERSON WHO HAD A VISION IN HER HEAD OF WHAT SHE THOUGHT SHE SHOULD LOOK LIKE, AND I’M NOT THIS PERSON WHO IS JUST LOVING ME FOR ME."

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