Lauren Sowers has been connected with Compass Rose since 2016 when she started as a clinical intern. She then worked as a house parent for Compass Rose and a Therapist for White’s Residential & Family Services before transitioning into her current role as Therapist for Compass Rose. She is passionate about the growth model that CRA uses and the deep, connected work that we do in the lives of students and families.

Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Theatre from Huntington University in 2015 and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Huntington University in 2017. She has an additional two years of training in Gestalt therapy from the Indianapolis Gestalt Institute and is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In her spare time, she likes to sing, dance, act, write, and watch Netflix documentaries.


Marissa Pollard, a Nashville, TN native, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus in Biblical missions and Spanish, as well as holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, both from Lipscomb University. She further earned her specialization in play therapy education by becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She has experience providing trauma-informed family therapy and substance use groups for clients in the jail and prison system, community mental health, and DCS and court systems. She is trained in several trauma-informed interventions and modalities, including EMDR and Trust-Based Relational Intervention. She believes in the power of play and that therapy is a sacred space; all people are geared toward growth and redemption, including from their own trauma narratives. Marissa and her husband, David, have one adopted son, a hound dog, two cats, and a plethora of plants. She enjoys the sunshine, reading mysteries, playing board games with her family, puns, and finding joy in the little things.