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Biz Pic croppedMy name is Dr. Lauren Whitelaw, and I’m a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon.  A lively curiosity and a thirst for travel has led me from my pacific northwest roots to NYC for graduate school in 2004. I practiced in urban NYC hospitals and after attaining my doctorate and licensure in 2010, I enjoyed volunteering in the NHS and working in private practice in London, UK.  I thrive on studying and keeping up-to-date with the research literature in clinical psychology as well as employing mindfulness in my daily life.  I find this meaningful calling to be stimulating and constantly new.  In recent years, my practice is more focused on helping clients examine and enrich their patterns of intimacy, sensuality and sexuality.  I’ve enjoyed deepening my ability to serve the whole of a person’s complex and beautiful self, and include sexuality as a fundamental part of that wholeness.

This site can help you learn a little more about therapy, and specifically how I approach therapy.  A good place to start might be my Services and Approach page to become more familiar with therapy approaches and my approach in particular.  Feedback I’ve received from past clients often touches on the joy I bring to my work and how heard they felt throughout the treatment process.  Setting up the first appointment is a brave step. Give it some thought, and when you feel ready, reach out.

A sidenote on the Gates banner image: In winter 2005, just after moving to Brooklyn from Oregon, the artists Christo and Jean Claude installed the Gates in Central Park.  It seemed appropriate to use pictures I took from wandering around the park that cold February day for this site.  Their marvelous piece transformed both the space and the light in that well-known heart of New York.  It also seems a good analogy for therapy; where we are creating and exploring a gate of sorts as a pathway to change.  One could see a healthy person as an evolving one, who engages with many liminal ‘gates’ throughout their life.  By crossing, and crossing again, we can learn to accept the reverberating change and creativity that these thresholds in our lives can represent.

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