GET TO KNOW YOUR THERAPIST

Lauren Chiszar

Lauren Chiszar, MSW, LSW

I HELP CLIENTS RECOGNIZE THEIR POTENTIAL TO TAKE ON THE WORLD AROUND THEM.


Specializations
ANXIETY
DEPRESSION
TRAUMA/PTSD
GRIEF & LOSS
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
COVID-RELATED TRAUMA & GRIEF FOR FAMILY MEMBERS & HELPING PROFESSIONALS

WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST

A person’s life is made up through their unique stories and experiences. Each individual is the owner of their story. As a therapist, I work to understand each client through their subjective experience and create space to process what the experience means to that person. I believe that therapy should honor, validate, and work within the client’s lived experience. As a team, we can work together to process your individual story, and break through barriers that are holding you back in achieving your goals.

I BECAME A THERAPIST TO HELP PEOPLE HAVE A SAFE AND NON-JUDGMENTAL SPACE WHERE CLIENTS CAN FEEL HEARD AND VALIDATED.

A person’s life is made up through their unique stories and experiences. Each individual is the owner of their story. As a therapist, I work to understand each client through their subjective experience and create space to process what the experience means to that person. I believe that therapy should honor, validate, and work within the client’s lived experience. As a team, we can work together to process your individual story, and break through barriers that are holding you back in achieving your goals.

In our work together, we will start by identifying small changes and adaptations that will help shift your mindset to allow you to feel energized and empowered, ultimately create lasting changes in your life.

When I work with clients, I incorporate THREE THINGS to create positive change:

client strengths | empathy | compassion

When working with clients I focus on using a strengths based approach to help each person recognize their potential to take on the world around them. I emphasize using empathy and compassion to help clients explore their past, and identify their abilities to take on the future. I focus heavily on creating the therapeutic relationship, as I find trust to be a key factor in allowing each client to truly open up and share their authentic self.

I also integrate Brené Brown’s powerful research of vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy in my work with clients, utilizing techniques and strategies to help individuals integrate it into their personal and professional lives.

WHO I WORK WITH

I work with adults and teens, and who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma/PTSD, and life changes.

My area of expertise is working with individuals experiencing life transitions across the lifespan, ranging from teens and emerging adults who are just entering adulthood to older individuals who are entering their next phase of life.

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WHAT IF DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START?

That is perfectly fine! As a therapist I strive to meet you where you are at, and we can work together to identify goals to work on throughout therapy. There is no “right way” to start and therapy can look different for each individual. I believe that therapy is a constant dialogue between client and therapist so if there is ever a time you want to change the course, I will always be willing to listen and tailor our sessions to address your direct needs.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS 

“There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice.” ― Michelle Obama

Loves being outdoors

Enjoys working out

Likes to read

DO YOU WISH YOU WERE BETTER EQUIPPED TO HANDLE CHALLENGING SITUATIONS? DO YOU WANT TO INCREASE YOUR ABILITY TO NAVIGATE LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS?

I would be honored to partner with you and help you discover the tools that can help make life more manageable. Together, we will find ways for you to meet your goals and increase your happiness and life satisfaction.