Pebble Beach

meet our team

Lauren Presutti, MEd, EdS, LLMSW

Founder of Presutti Counseling


Welcome!  I'm Lauren. I created Presutti Counseling because I wanted to create a space where people feel like they belong. There is a lot of loneliness in the world and we often don’t have safe spaces to truly confront our internal experiences without judgment. I hope you can find that safety with us. We want you to feel wholeheartedly accepted and valued in your relationship with us.


Life is hard. I understand that. Problems can be complicated and every person has struggled at one point or another. We all have felt overwhelmed, misunderstood, or trapped in something with no escape. Life can be difficult for many people and acutely so for those who have been exposed to particularly challenging experiences. I am inspired by the courage people demonstrate when making the decision to enter therapy and I seek to provide an intimate environment where individuals can understand themselves and their emotions, while affirming their worth and strength.


My own challenges have stemmed from being born with Muscular Dystrophy and using a wheelchair my whole life. I have adapted my body and circumstances in such profound ways that flexible thinking, coping, and resourcefulness have become second nature to me. This has taught me that authentically confronting our experiences of suffering and pain allows us to grow stronger in areas of resiliency and empowerment. As a therapist, I use these skills to help others examine their stories and find their place in the world. I support dialogue surrounding acceptance and empowerment, but at my core I appreciate the difficulties of managing emotional pain and seek to honor wherever you may be in your journey.


Your barriers to living your best life – no matter their size or nature – matter greatly to me. My role as a therapist is to accompany, support, and guide you through what is often a transformative journey leading to positive and lasting change. Despite the roadblocks we face or mental health struggles we have, I believe every person deserves to live their best life.

Kaitlyn Zhao

Intern | University of Michigan

Kaitlyn is currently a student at the University of Michigan majoring in Psychology. She participates in several mental health student organizations on campus and serves as a mentor for a high school in Detroit. She also aspires to become more involved with research opportunities and internships to gain more professional experiences in the field. After her undergraduate years, Kaitlyn plans to apply for a PsyD as her long-term goal is to do clinical work in her career. Mental health has been a passion of hers that stems from her home country. Being raised in China, Kaitlyn has witnessed the ongoing stigma surrounding mental illnesses and the problem of underdiagnosing many people who could benefit from treatment. At the age of 14, Kaitlyn moved to Memphis, TN to pursue an education. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, watching movies, and listening to music. Kaitlyn also loves traveling, going to concerts, and exploring new restaurants.

Nandita Gupta

Intern | University of Michigan

Originally from Troy, Michigan, Nandita is currently a junior studying Biopsychology Cognition Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. After graduation, she hopes to pursue  a career in the healthcare field and she is interested in mental health and health disparities. In her free time, Nandita enjoys going on walks and painting.

Maddy Paxson

Intern | University of Michigan

Maddy is currently a junior at the University of Michigan studying Psychology with minors in Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences and Media Production. She is from the vibrant and resilient Saginaw, MI. Following graduation, Maddy plans to pursue a graduate degree in counseling or clinical psychology. Her favorite thing is sharing knowledge that makes peoples' lives better. Maddy feels lucky to be able to do this every day through all sorts of mediums: research, making art, teaching, podcasting, and theatre. In her free time, she likes to do anything creative, go on long walks, and eat fancy cheeses. 

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