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Lauren Muniz Psychotherapy, LPC

Lauren Muniz is a compassionate and creative licensed professional counselor who strives to empower adolescents and adults in the journey of healing. Whether your goals include skill-building, processing experiences, or gaining deeper insight into yourself, she will collaborate with you to change thoughts or behaviors that may be preventing you from living whole-heartedly.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
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“I believe that therapy is an invitation for you to authentically share your inner thoughts and feelings, explore who you are, and nurture yourself in a compassionate way.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in understanding the depth and uniqueness of people's lived experiences and personal stories. I knew early on that I wanted to live my life in a helping capacity that allowed for genuine and empathic connection with others. My own personal experiences helped me recognize the power that exists in being authentically seen, validated, and supported and this drew me to the field of mental health. While there are several pathways to becoming a therapist, I was drawn to the mental health counseling field’s holistic view and proactive approach toward cultivating mental health, as these values resonate with me in my life and work. I have had experience working in a variety of settings, including community mental health agencies, group practices, and schools, but starting my own practice has allowed me to live congruently with my “why”: Creating a healing space where people can feel valued, heard, respected, and cared for.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that therapy is an invitation for you to authentically share your inner thoughts and feelings, explore who you are, and nurture yourself in a compassionate way. It’s a privilege to bear witness to your personal experience and I feel honored when someone chooses to enter the therapy space with me. I welcome clients of all backgrounds and identities, and my niche is with adolescents, young adults, and female-identifying individuals. My approach is collaborative and highly personalized; we will cultivate this space to make it what you want and need. I often ask for feedback as it helps me know how to better support you in your journey. I operate from a trauma-informed perspective while integrating a variety of evidence-based clinical orientations, including acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, in support of changing patterns of thoughts or behaviors that may be preventing you from living whole-heartedly.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Values that are important to me include authenticity, compassion, and curiosity. I often reflect on the mantra, “I don’t know what I don’t know” and acknowledge that I will always be growing and learning. I strive to create a nonjudgmental space that provides my clients the same opportunity to compassionately explore areas of their personal development. I recognize the innate privilege that my identity as a white, cisgender, educated woman comes with and I am committed to the continued development of becoming a competent, culturally-sensitive, and anti-oppressive human and therapist. I regularly attend training to strengthen my understanding and skills and to honor my values of curiosity and dedication to self-growth.
“I operate from a trauma-informed perspective while integrating a variety of evidence-based clinical orientations, including acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, in support of changing patterns of thoughts or behaviors that may be preventing you from living whole-heartedly.”
Interested in speaking with Lauren?