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Lara Schwartz, LMFT

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."

~ Dr. Seuss

About Priscilla

About Me: Choosing the right therapist is important and subjective. The first part of developing any therapeutic relationship is to build trust and part of that is simply feeling a connection with someone and finding they understand you. My approach to clients has always been to see people as who they are inside, underneath whatever struggles they are enduring and whatever life circumstances they find themselves currently experiencing. Oftentimes our genuine selves become overshadowed by relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, fear, confusion, the eating disorder voice, the power of addiction, and past traumatic events. Our minds are extremely resilient and set up powerful defense systems to protect ourselves that, while useful during the initial situation, can be blocking us from becoming our real selves and connecting to people in our present circumstances. Let’s work together to discover which defenses and behaviors are helpful and which are getting in the way of becoming your best self. I will teach you skills to maneuver life’s challenging circumstances and relationships and find more peace and joy in your life.

I began my career as Registered Dietitian in New Hampshire witnessing the amazing body heal from illness and trauma medically by offering nutritional solutions. Psychological solutions are not so black and white. We most often live in the gray areas of life while simultaneously trying to label everything black or white, all or nothing and end up either not meeting our own personal expectations of ourselves or feeling always like a failure. There is an alternative perspective we can take on our lives that is more realistic, satisfying, and fruitful. I have enjoyed working with children, teens, adults, couples and families helping them to mend themselves and their relationships by changing perspective, behaviors, thinking and ultimately themselves for the purpose of feeling free, empowered, strong, and in control of as much as we can control of our present and future lives.

Therapy is not a one size fits all experience. I have used a variety of different therapies and modalities including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Emotion Focused Family Therapy to name just a few. In my work with couples I draw from both Imago Relationship Therapy as well as The Gottman Method. Working through difficult issues can be challenging and yet amazing to witness my clients change and growth through the therapeutic process. Sometimes you need someone to believe in you when you are not able to believe in yourself and I can be that person walking with you through your difficulties and challenges and at the same time, believing in the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel which we can reach together.