Lauren E Cleary, LPC, LCAT, ATR-BC

My name is Lauren and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), and a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). Having been in the field since 2005, I have experience collaborating with individuals ranging in age from 2.5 to 95, dealing with a wide variety of challenges within a range of settings (including hospitals, schools, and the community). I have been a guest lecturer in graduate courses and presented at professional conferences throughout the United States and abroad on topics including multicultural and diversity competence, ethics, and palliative care. I’ve worked as a therapist,
group facilitator, crisis interventionist, educator, school counselor, and clinical supervisor, and have experience supporting individuals struggling with grief, trauma, anxiety, identity issues, life transitions, parenting challenges, and emotional and behavioral challenges. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, practicing yoga, playing with clay, listening to music, reading, and going on adventures in nature.

Treatment Orientation

I believe that by providing you with the time, space, tools, and a trained, guiding witness to your process, you will heal and be able to live a more authentic life. As an integrative therapist, I draw on a broad range of therapeutic modalities including interpersonal neurobiology, somatic and attachment, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, trauma-informed, and existential theories. I am also trained in Somatic and Attached Focused EMDR. Utilizing my diverse “tool bag” of trainings and techniques, my intention is to meet your unique needs and goals. I strive to collaborate with you to increase awareness on
stressors and strengths while viewing challenges and concerns as opportunities for intentional decision making and discovering meaning. At the same time, we will look to see how your situation may be reflected in the general human condition to discover possible ways for adopting new perspectives and enhancing healthy coping. I offer an empathetic, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment and relationship where one can feel safe in revealing feelings, thoughts, experiences and/or actions related to one’s life. By gentlyguiding the therapeutic process, always in collaboration with the client, I help individuals
transform, heal, and develop increased insight, positive coping skills, and self-acceptance. The internalized, verbally inaccessible experience can be bridged with an external place for expression and growth by the interventions unique to my training. Through a combination of strong clinical knowledge, use of evidence-based practices, applicable neuroscience principles, creativity, and a splash of humor, I aim to help individuals understand, communicate, and integrate their experiences and ideas. With an unwavering commitment to social justice advocacy and anti-racism, I am LGBTQiA+, kink, and poly friendly and strive
to provide best practices for each individual who grants me the honor of working with them to develop greater self-compassion, self-acceptance, and self-love./p>

I work with adolescents and adults who may be experiencing symptoms/problems related to
(not limited to):

  • Bereavement, traumatic grief, complicated grief and loss
  • Chronic illness & adjustment to life-threatening medical conditions
  • Anxiety and/or panic disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • LGBTQiA+
  • Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Neurodivergent
  • Complex trauma / PTSD/ abuse survivors
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Relationship issues / divorce
  • Adjustment challenges to life changes
  • Substance abuse & addiction behaviors
  • Parenting challenges
  • White Privilege

Education

Carnegie Mellon University: Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2002

George Washington University: Master of Arts in Art Therapy, 2005

OR LPC License Number: C5129

OR LCAT License Number: 10205584

ATR-BC #07-244

Certified Clinical Telemental health Provider

Somatic & Attachment Focused EMDR Trained Clinician

Pronouns: She/her/hers