Dani Lauer, a senior admissions counselor at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, journeys with prospective and incoming students pursuing graduate studies in counseling and ministry. She uses both her personal experience and counseling skills to help students navigate through the discernment process and the decision to pursue vocational ministry.
In addition, as a former counseling intern at The Well, Dani considered her counseling office a sacred space, and she strived to hold that space in a way that honored each unique client, inviting them to be authentically themselves. Dani has extensive experience working with young adults navigating life changes and with people of all ages experiencing grief. She follows a process of first meeting clients where they are at with genuine empathy and kindness, then collaborating with them to set goals and finding creative ways to journey together toward healing and wholeness. Dani is most passionate about walking with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, identity, self-esteem, body image, relationship challenges and adjustment (into college or into young adult life), but she finds purpose in all her counseling relationships.
"CU is such a blessing in my life. I first came to campus as a first-year counseling student. I chose CU because of the biblical foundation and warm, welcoming environment in and outside of the classroom. Now as I serve in both seminary admissions and The Well, CU has become a second home to me. I am grateful for the Christ-centered relationships I have with my colleagues, and I am blessed to walk alongside others on this journey!"
- Master of Arts in Counseling (in progress), Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
- Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal and Public Communication, Central Michigan University
—Singing and playing the piano
—Cooking and baking
—Spending time outside with family and friends
—Going to concerts