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I’m Lauren Whitelaw, PsyD and I’m a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon.  I specialize in behavioural science, sexual health, mindfulness and compassionate meditation.

Curiosity, luck and a hunger for travel led me from my Pacific Northwest roots to NYC for graduate school in 2004.  While pursuing my doctorate, I practiced in urban NYC hospitals.  After licensure in 2010, I enjoyed volunteering in the NHS, pursuing postdoctoratal clinical training at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and working in private practice in London, UK.  I bring energy, commitment to going training and joy to my life and my work.

I work with individuals, couples and groups to inhabit our lives from the most vibrant, authentic and compassionate versions of ourselves.

 

I continue to find that 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 believe therapy benefits from including the whole of a person’s complex and beautiful self, and counting sexuality as a fundamental part of that wholeness.

This site can help you learn a little more about therapy in general, 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 a first appointment is a powerful 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 the space and 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.  Choosing to invest in your relationship with yourself and others can represent gates between different life phases.

 

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