Lauren Vilar, LCSW, LCAS
About Lauren Vilar
You feel overwhelmed, confused, & anxious.
You usually appear to have it all together on the outside, while inside it never stops. A recent change has left you feeling confused and lost. Your friends seem to have figured it out but no matter how hard you try, you still feel like an imposter. You lay your head down at night and your mind won’t turn off. You may have found unhealthy ways to cope. This change has brought up past pain that you thought you had moved on from.
Being a therapist excites and fulfills me. I truly believe it is what I was meant to do with my life. Throughout my work as a therapist, I’ve discovered two things that are common in most of my clients- all have had scary and upsetting things happen in their life and they are doing their best to overcome that. The absolute raw strength that my clients exhibit is nothing short of awe inspiring.
You’ve thought about making a change and coming to therapy for a while. It’s a big step and a worthwhile one. I have experience in residential settings, inpatient treatment, outpatient mental health and substance use treatment, and higher education. I have worked in prevention and treatment services for mental health and substance use disorders. I am proficient in medication assisted treatment for opioids and has counseled clients who are on medication assisted treatment. After a decade of working in the field, I know that all humans want to feel safe, loved and connected
SpecialtiesAddiction, Anxiety, Trauma / PTSD
Age Group FocusAdults, Seniors
Treatment ApproachesCoaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Emotionally Focused, Existential, Feminist, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Person-Centered Therapy
IssuesAcademic issues, Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavior Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Caregiver Stress, Codependency, Coping Skills, Coping With Medical Issues, Depression, Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Family Conflict, Goal Setting, Grief, Leadership, Life Coaching, OCD, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Smoking Cessation, Women’s Issues