Lauren Laguna, Therapist in New York, New York — Zencare
Lauren  Laguna
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Lauren Laguna

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Practice: Resilience Lab
New York Accepting Online
Flatiron District Accepting In-person
Updated June 21, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Childhood trauma
  • Worthlessness

Professional statement

Lauren is a New York University Silver School of Social Work graduate and Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Lauren uses a trauma-informed approach and a lens of cultural humility. She believes her clients are the experts of their own experiences and remains nonjudgmental, curious, supportive, and empathetic when working together. Her clients leave sessions feeling safe and validated in their experiences and feelings – as well as carrying tangible tools/coping skills. She is always on her client’s team and firmly believes in authenticity and collaboration when working together. Lauren believes the therapeutic relationship should feel safe, supportive, and caring – a place where you feel seen and heard.

Lauren believes that part of empowering clients, is providing crucial information about how our bodies and brains work. A mental health education enthusiastic, Lauren believes her clients deserve to know what happens to their bodies during a panic attack and what tools may be helpful), for example — or, how trauma affects both the mind and body. As a result, Lauren offers the option of learning about mindfulness and the power of breath-work. Lauren also uses psychodynamic approaches, holding space for you to be heard and for clients to learn and reflect on their patterns of behavior.

Lauren also specializes in DBT and CBT modalities, where clients can learn how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact with each other. Lauren has significant experience working with children, adolescents, and adults working through depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, self-esteem issues and feelings of worthlessness, interpersonal challenges, personality disorders, and body image challenges. Lauren also specializes in working with Latinx and multiracial populations.


Message to clients

I hope to provide a safe, non-judgmental, supportive, collaborative, space for you to be yourself – or to explore who you really are, or want to be. A space where you feel understood, heard, and hopeful. You may be looking to learn how to manage anxiety or stress, overwhelming emotions; improve relationships; improve self-esteem, build self-confidence; build insight into unhelpful patterns of behavior.

Our painful emotions, thoughts, and experiences tell us information, but they don’t have to define us. It is very, very, possible to change – the changes may be small at first and hard to see, but over time I hope you will have new tools, a new sense of safety and empowerment, self-compassion, and a stronger connection to yourself and your relationships. I value the dignity and worth of all people, above all else. You are in charge. This is your space, your time. I am here to collaborate with you.


Specialties

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

Worthlessness - Developing an understanding of how the feeling of worthlessness impacts one’s daily life; exploring the origins of a sense of worthlessness and growing self-esteem to feel empowered and confident




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Aetna International
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • All Savers Insurance Company
  • AllWays Health Partners (formerly Neighborhood Health)
  • Allied Benefit Systems
  • Golden Rule Insurance Company
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Humana
  • Meritain Health
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Trustmark
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Shared Services

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150

Additional session information

Therapist's note

We support out-of-network insurance claims filing for certain providers.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11am-8pm
  • Tue 11am-8pm
  • Wed 11am-8pm
  • Thu 11am-8pm
  • Fri 11am-5pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Flatiron District practice
928 Broadway, New York, New York 10010
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 2 years

Resilience Lab, Psychotherapist , 2022 - Present
Bellevue Hospital Center / Inpatient Child Psychiatry, Clinical / Psychiatric Social Worker, 2020 - Present
Crisis Text Line, Crisis Counselor, 2016 - Present
Repose Therapy and Wellness, Psychotherapist , 2020 - 2021
Bellevue Hospital Center / Adult Outpatient Clinic, Psychotherapy Intern, 2019 - 2020
Education Alliance, Clinical School Social Work Intern, 2018 - 2019

New York University, MSW, 2020


Licensure

New York: 109898


Languages

English