Updated: Sep 23, 2021
Lauren’s unique ability to connect with children and adolescents has translated into a career centered on creating a safe and supportive space for young people. Lauren graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and went on to work for a mental health clinic in Manhattan. During her time there, Lauren realized she wanted to continue her education by pursuing her desire to provide emotional and social support for children and adolescents. Lauren received her Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College, Silberman School of Social Work with a focus in clinical work. Following graduation, Lauren accepted a position at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where she provided therapy to children and adolescents.
Lauren’s approach is to build a connection with each client within an empathetic and judgement-free environment where clients feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings. Lauren’s practice is person-centered and holistic. She collaborates with clients to understand who they are from their perspective, beyond just the therapy room. Lauren utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, behavioral activation, talk therapy, and art therapy during her sessions.
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As part of joining the team, Lauren was asked 5 questions about being a therapist:
1. What is one thing you love about being a therapist?
Every day, I feel motivated by helping my clients work towards their goals. It is an honor and a privilege to play a role in their journeys and help them connect to their emotions in a way that feels safe, manageable, and supported. I feel lucky to help clients navigate complex topics and challenges by offering insight, or even just an empathetic ear, leading them to a deeper understanding of themselves and greater fulfillment in their lives. I work to create an environment where my clients feel connected and comfortable sharing their experiences.
2. What is one of your favorite books related to mental health, social work or therapy?
One of my favorite books related to mental health is Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. Gottlieb takes a very human approach to therapy, emphasizing the importance of being vulnerable and building a connection. This book encourages people to accept their feelings and be present with them. I look to create that same therapeutic environment where clients can share their emotions freely and openly without having to justify them.
3. What is your favorite activity to work on with kids and why?
My favorite activity to work on with kids is utilizing positive affirmations. For a child, it is very easy to build associations between negative experiences — especially in school — and self-worth. By teaching my clients to use positive affirmations, I help them learn the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This activity helps them see all the positive qualities they already possess! Another great activity that helps children practice mindfulness is “Leaves on a Stream.” Clients visualize themselves near a stream, and when a thought comes to mind, they place it on a leaf and let it float down the stream. This activity allows children to create distance between their thoughts and feelings, reducing their power over them.
4. What is something you would want parents to know about you?
I want parents to know that I will always work with them to help their children achieve their goals, both inside and outside the therapy room. I truly believe they are the experts in their child's life, and my role is to serve as a resource that helps them support their child's growth. I have a unique ability to relate to both parents and their kids, which allows me to help them better connect with one another. For example, I understand the influences of social media and recognize its negative consequences on the development of children and adolescents. As a result, I tailor sessions to a client’s individual experiences with these platforms. Finally, I want parents to know how much I genuinely enjoy working with and helping children. From coaching youth sports, to interning at an elementary school, to providing counsel in a New York City public hospital, each of my experiences has been different. However, my passion for creating a space in which kids feel seen and heard remains constant.
5. What are some of your favorite coping skills when feeling stressed?
When I feel stressed, I like to go for a walk or run along the East River in Manhattan. I also play in several sports leagues throughout the city, including soccer and basketball, which help relieve stress and allow me to take comfort in something I’ve always enjoyed. Additionally, I will reach out to someone I trust, or spend time with friends and family. It always helps to let someone else know when I’m feeling down or stressed, so that I don’t feel alone in dealing with a situation.
Interested in working with Lauren?
Please call 347-758-2985 or email Liz@LizMorrisonTherapy.com for more information or to set up an initial appointment.