People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life...I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive. -Joseph Campbell

A range of emotional, behavioral, physical and relational challenges bring people to therapy, from particular concerns to a general feeling that life is just not right, nor is it all that it could be. Whether your needs are specific or less defined, I will provide a focused, change-oriented and accepting environment for our exploration built upon trust and a relational bond.

My goal as a therapist is to make myself obsolete. I have done my job when you are ready to end therapy.

 

I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and offer adherent DBT therapy (individual sessions and group), and DBT-informed individual therapy that uses DBT skills as a framework for therapy, but does not involve group or the other more extensive tools of comprehensive DBT.

My private practices are based in Philadelphia and Linwood, NJ. I am licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California. My DBT practice is affiliated with Philadelphia DBT Associates in Rittenhouse Square. I am available for telemedicine sessions with continuing or new clients in California.

 

In 2006 I received my Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Sarah Lawrence College, in New York. I’ve spent two decades in the media arts, as a widely-published journalist, fiction and non-fiction writer, editor, and independent publisher, and bring a sense of narrative, story, and metaphor to our therapy work. I have many years experience as a photographer, television producer, and filmmaker. I am an editorial advisor to renowned twin researcher and psychologist Dr. Nancy Segal. I have assisted Dr. Segal on her last four books, the most recent of which won the American Psychological Association's William James Book Award.

My mindfulness practice of many years informs my work as a therapist. I learned that to see clearly, I first needed to slow down, apply a brake before reacting to my emotional urges. This practice has been life-changing for me, and continues to teach me every day. Mindful awareness practice is not meditation, but rather a tool, much like a camera lens, that can sharpen our view—our sense of what is happening—so that we might be more intentional in how we respond to each moment.  

Additionally, I am trained in ecotherapy, which links our relationship with nature, our surroundings and our place we call home, to psychotherapy. I coordinated the Children’s Program at Green Gulch Farm in Marin for the San Francisco Zen Center.

I am Co-founding editor of the​ Journal of Holistic Psychology. An annual print volume in book form that publishes essays and research from the best of holistic-based psychotherapists, educators, and writers. The Journal is sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

Among my influences, my beloved dachshund Yum Yum has taught me the power of dog mind; his single-minded pursuit to burrow into a weasel hole perfectly demonstrates both the How and the What skills of DBT Core Mindfulness.

 

Copyright 2012 Lauren Gonzalez / Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California #90006  /  Pennsylvania #MF001036 / New Jersey #37FI00188200)

 

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