Hi, I’m Lauren!
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I am trained to help guide you through life’s ups and downs based on your achievements and assets. Together from the social work perspective, we can focus on supporting and working towards effective change holistically rather than just on your symptoms or diagnosis. This includes your successes, barriers, family history, support systems, community, and anything else that makes you, uniquely you.
I received my Master’s degree in Social Work from West Chester University and have worked with a wide variety of individuals to assist them in achieving both short and long term goals. I have experience working with various populations including those who have experienced current or past grief and loss related to chronic illness such as cancer, teen girls and young women coping with the struggles of adolescence and young adulthood, survivors of domestic violence as well as interpersonal emotional abuse, individuals and families affected by substance abuse and addiction, the LGBTQIA+ community and many more.
In my practice, I utilize a variety of collaborative evidence-based practices to assist you in changing thinking patterns, staying motivated, confident, and embracing both strengths and challenges to make long lasting and effective change. These practices include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (which includes mindfulness and meditation techniques), Motivational Interviewing, and Attachment Based therapy techniques.
I also find it important to provide services through a trauma-informed lens, understanding that many of us have experienced distinctive hardships that may affect us in our current lives without us even realizing it. Overall, I believe that there is a science behind our emotions and as we learn and apply it to our lives, it changes the way the world looks.
One of my favorite aspects of therapy is creating a trusting and impactful connection with my clients, much like this powerful quote from a Harvard psychology professor, Jerome Kagan, “being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
When I am not providing therapy, I spend my time reading, listening to true crime podcasts, finding new coffee shops and restaurants to embrace my hope of becoming a recognized Yelp reviewer, and hanging out with pups at a local animal shelter.
Lauren sees clients in our Downtown Lancaster office in Lancaster, PA and is available to provide telehealth sessions to anyone living in the state of Pennsylvania.