15 Years Exp
15 Years Exp
Hello! My name is Lauren Sandulli, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I have over 15 years of experience working in various clinical settings ranging from inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community-based treatment programs, alternative school settings such as Partial Hospitalization, to both medical and psychiatric outpatient settings. My vast range of experience over the years has given me the ability to work with a wide variety of populations and have an eclectic approach to treating individuals. I am a big believer in meeting my clients where they are, and not where I or anyone else thinks they should be. When I meet with a new or potential client, I don’t want anyone to feel so overwhelmed by what they want to accomplish that they think they will never meet the finish line. I take a realistic, non-judgemental, and empathetic approach to working through difficult situations, emotions, and stressors. My goal is to guide my clients to a place where they can have clarity or a new perspective on their mental health journey, and feel hopeful about the future.
I once worked with a client over a course of two years and when I first met her she was struggling with feelings of guilt, shame, low self-confidence, and self-harm. She was unable to work or have her own apartment. Through weekly sessions, and use of DBT interventions, this client was able to gain skills to manage her overwhelming emotions, and eventually got her own apartment and started a new job toward the end of my time working with her.
Every client’s process will look different, and that is solely based on the fact that everyone is an individual with their own unique experiences and points of view. We will focus on immediate and over-arching needs and goals. We will process and work through difficult emotions and barriers that arise when facing challenges. We will reflect on progress made, continue to make adjustments, and explore new areas of growth.
My first session will be a time for clients to tell me about their presenting problem, their treatment history, and gather any other pertinent demographic information. We will then set a focus for the next session to start working on identifying a goal or goals so that they have something tangible to take away from their meeting to feel hopeful about what is to come.
One of my favorite things about being a therapist is when my clients start to see the changes and strengths within themselves that they didn’t know they possessed. When they are able to reflect on the progress made, and get themselves out of cycles they have been stuck in for years. It is a genuine honor to be a fellow traveler on their journey to wellness.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
It is important to me that my clients feel that they are getting something out of their therapy sessions. I have heard too many times that people stop going to therapy because they did not see the benefit of continuing. I believe that it is key that we continuously set and review goals (big or small) to ensure no one gets lost in the process.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
Treatment modalities and tools that I utilize are Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Person- Centered Therapy, as well as Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention. I also utilize Mindfulness and Meditation techniques, and focus on health and wellness as emotional medicine.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I have experience providing therapy for children, older adults, and everything in between. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including mood and personality disorders, depression, anxiety (panic, social phobias, and generalized anxieties), adjustment disorders, ADHD, familial concerns, psychosis, mild cognitive impairments, Intellectual Disabilities, as well as those in crisis. While I do have experience and the capability to work with clients of all types, my clinical focus has been primarily on depression, anxiety, mood and personality disorders, and stress management.