Lauren Smart

Lauren has worked as a licensed professional counselor in CAPS since 2002.  She received her MA degree from Naropa University in Transpersonal Counseling with a concentration in Art Therapy.  Lauren has worked in several crisis programs which include: Lafayette, CO for Exempla Good Samaritan’s Emergency Department for Behavioral Health; in Bend, OR for Deschutes County crisis unit; Cincinnati, OH for the Dept. of Human Services in the Jobs and Children’s Services unit and Boston, MA for Wediko Children’s Services working in the program which served as a behavioral management program for adolescent males involved in gangs, violent offenders, etc.

Lauren’s primary responsibilities include facilitating FAC classes and STARS groups – both are substance use programs which typically involve students who are mandated and/or self referred to explore their relationship with substances. Lauren enjoys working individually with students who are interested in delving further into their substance use, relationship difficulties, adjustment and mood issues.


  • MA, Transpersonal Counseling - Naropa University

The place I’d most like to see

Africa – I would love to go on a walking safari and be face-to-face with the wildlife and experience African culture.

My favorite thing about working at CAPS

Being able to work with such a fun population!  I feel CU students are creative, intelligent, and bring a lot of energy to the campus.  In addition, the staff in CAPS are some of the best, in my opinion. I feel fortunate that I enjoy coming in to work each day.

Areas of interest

Substance use disorders, mood disorders, art therapy