Welcome! I'm Lauren Shechter (she/her) and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in private practice in Portland, OR. Whatever you are going through, I am here to offer support and tools to help you feel more like yourself or how you want to feel. In nearly a decade in the field, being a part of clients' journeys through difficult experiences and challenging symptoms has been and continues to be a privilege.
I received my MSW from Columbia University's School of Social Work in 2011 with a focus in clinical practice. I also completed certificate training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) in 2017 to help clients recovering from traumatic events. I currently assist at SE trainings to help new SE students learn the model.
In addition to my work in private practice, I've worked as a psychotherapist in non-profit community mental health settings in Washington, DC, New York City, and Portland, OR where I provided individual and group therapies to children, adults, and older adults with a variety of goals, backgrounds, and experiences. I've also provided clinical supervision to MSW graduate students and newly licensed clinicians.
I work with individuals from diverse backgrounds across age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, professional practice, education level, and spiritual traditions. I strive to practice cultural humility in order to honor each person's experience, preferences, traditions, and goals.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule an appointment.