Hi! I am Lauren Shandler (she/her), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
I received my Master’s Degree from Temple University in 2012. I am trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and my specialty is working with children and teenagers.
I have worked as a therapist for eight years and am excited to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with you. My approach to life is similar to my approach to therapy in that every person and situation is unique and, therefore, requires a variety of options. I pull from various interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused CBT, and strength-based approaches. I have found success in setting goals and seeking support from others to stay motivated consistently, which I model for my clients.
I like to use play therapy techniques when working with children, using games, books, and art activities. This allows the client to express themselves differently and make therapy fun.
I have been providing online therapy for clients successfully. I am confident in my abilities to navigate the online process with others and create and maintain a connection with you in a warm and inviting space.
I usually spend time with my husband, family, and our new puppy when I’m not working. I love to bake and exercise. I can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures.
PA License #CW019669
Lauren Shandler offers online sessions to anyone aged six and older in Pennsylvania.
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