Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certified
National Counselor Certification
I obtained my degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2015. My degree in mental health counseling prepared me to provided counseling services to a wide variety of individuals. Towards the end of my degree, I completed my internship with the local Center for Independent Living. There I worked with adolescents through geriatrics with both physical and emotional disabilities. I gained valuable knowledge about social services, benefits, and multiple disabilities while providing therapeutic services to an often underserved population.
Around this time I also sought intensive training in dialectical behavior therapy as to better meet my client's needs. These courses taught me simple tools to help clients who struggle with emotional dysregulation, individuals who struggle with managing their emotions. Ultimately, DBT is a form of therapy that focuses on distress tolerance, emotional regulation, social skills training, and mindfulness.
Following graduation, I began working at a local private practice agency with children, teens, and adults. Since many of my clients were children, I started to utilize much more play therapy including sandtray therapy. Using the sandtray, both children and adults can express themselves differently. Sandtray is often a more natural way of communicating and can help in processing many difficult issues. There I also treated many children and adults with diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, OCD, and ADHD.
You will find that If you chose to work with me, that you can speak with me comfortably. I genuinely believe that each client is unique and deserves a personalized therapeutic approach. I view clients as the experts on their own lives and treat them as such. You will also find that I value collaborative care. I will keep in contact with other professionals you or your child are working with to ensure that I am providing the best possible care.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: Stephanie.Lauer@icloud.com