you deserve to feel brave
in the life you're living 

The Simplest Self, a team of Virtual Trauma TRAINED PRACTIONERS  & Intuitive Eating Counselors helping you create a life that you feel safe living

Meet the team

Hi! I’m Lauren Rasmussen. My pronouns are she/her.
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 Professional. I have a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience. I am also currently working on my second degree, a masters in Counseling Psychology. I have advanced training in 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, @thesimplestself, 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

CEO, Founder

I’m Suneeta Johnson but you can call me Sunny. I use she/her pronouns and 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).

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 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.

BA in Child and Youth Care Counselling with a specialization in Child Protection
First Nations Social Work Delegation Training through the Aboriginal Perspective Society
Mental Health First Aid
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention 
*In Process of Completion* 
MA in Counselling Psychology (will be a Registered Clinical Counsellor upon completion)

Suneeta Johnson

Trauma Trained Practitioner

Hi! My name is Courtney Shrum (she/her) 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 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 the following areas: 

- Better connecting to their authentic self 
- Growing the window of tolerance for emotions 
- Building greater self-confidence 
- Addressing the role of stress in their lives 
- Building greater awareness of emotions and their impacts 
- Growing a purposeful self-care practice 
- Better understanding change management and motivation 
- 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

Trauma Trained Practitioner







Download your free starter kit which includes 3 resources: a video about how to start finding body acceptance, a gentle yoga class, and a video on how to start healing your relationship with food. 




Join Lauren for this free webinar, The Secret to Real Change in Your Relationship with Food and Body. Learn the key to finding freedom from chronic dieting and shitty self talk. 

Secret to Real Change in Your Relationship with Food and Body 




Join Lauren for free trauma informed yoga. Also coming to her channel in 2021: vlogs, recipes, daily life, talks, and more! Be sure to subscribe by following the link below and hitting the subscribe button once you get there! 

The Simplest Self on Youtube! 



My time in Lauren‘s Intuitively You program 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. 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.


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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- Intuitively You is right for you.

- anonymous

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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. 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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