Lauren LagunaLMSW

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What does a first session with you look like?

During the first session, I like to discuss my client's interests, strengths, mental health history and treatment history, and what my client is looking to get out of therapy. Together, we make clear goals for our work together and make a plan on how to reach those goals. Those goals can be anything; from wanting to build insight into behaviors (why do I do ___) to wanting to reduce panic attacks, to wanting to improve relationships, to wanting to change your own behaviors.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

My first career was in the film industry, with the intention of becoming a professional filmmaker. While working in the industry, I quickly realized that my favorite part of the job was coaching actors - helping them work through their own personal struggles in order for them to be present in the scene we were filming. At the same time, I started volunteering as a Crisis Counselor at a crisis hotline. From there, it became obvious that what I looked forward to most in life was helping people.

What’s the most profound, insightful, or interesting thing you’ve learned as a mental health professional?

That pain is inevitable, but suffering doesn't have to be. How you perceive your pain is what causes suffering. The stories we tell ourselves about our pain and the judgments that surround it create our suffering. Change your perception, and end suffering.




Borderline Personality Disorder

Body image issues

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

General Expertise

Relationship Issues


Race & Cultural Identity

Social Anxiety

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Adolescent mental health

Attachment issues

Chronic illness



First Session


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Group Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Strength Based Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Narrative Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

Training / Certifications

DBT Certificate

Compassion Fatigue Certificate

Certified Trauma Professional Certificate


NY, LMSW, 109898


Master of Social Work, New York University School of Social Work

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film Production, Emerson College

Work History

I am a psychotherapist at Resilience Lab and a Psychiatric Social Worker at Bellevue Hospital. I completed my graduate internships at Bellevue Hospital's Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic where I received training in DBT, CBT, mindfulness, and psychodynamic modalities. My first graduate internship was at an elementary school working with children with special needs.