A New Perspective
Often when we are in therapy, we undergo subtle yet profound shifts in our thinking. This can relate to the way we think about ourselves, others, and our external worlds. This can be a crucial part of the process of change and healing.
I consider myself to be an integrative therapist. This means I work from several different modalities and can customize the treatments based on the unique needs of each individual client. I combine psychodynamic, process orientated therapies with current evidence-based practices with an emphasis on mindfulness, and the undoubtable interconnectedness of our bodies and minds.
During this time of transition, I will offer Telehealth services throughout the duration of COVID-19 restrictions. This is done over SimplePractice, through a HIPAA compliant video platform. I also offer phone sessions for those that prefer this method of meeting, however, insurance may not cover these sessions. I am able to offer telehealth services for residents of New York and Georgia.
"If you are uncomfortable - in deep pain, angry, yearning, confused - you don’t have a problem, you have a life. Being human is not hard because you’re doing it wrong, it’s hard because you’re doing it right. You will never change the fact that being human is hard, so you must change your idea that it was ever supposed to be easy."
Glennon Doyle Melton
Hello, my name is Lauren Shemain and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Georgia and New York. I obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University. I started my career as a recruiter for various corporations in New York City. While I enjoyed cultivating relationships and supporting people through job transitions, I knew something was missing. After some self-exploration, I took a leap of faith and enrolled in a Clinical Social Work program to pursue a career as a Therapist.
I have worked at Emory’s Brain Health Center, Neurology department, providing psychotherapy and social services support to patients and most recently as a psychotherapist at Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. I formerly worked as a Therapist in a hospital-based adult outpatient program and I have several years working in community mental health in New York City. I received training in Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Theory while working at the Karen Horney Clinic in New York.
I really enjoy time in nature, yoga, running, music, and goofy Golden Retrievers. Learning about other people - their triumphs and their struggles gives me great joy. I am grateful for all those that share their journeys with me. Exposure to new ways of being and thinking has also inspired me, along with learning about different cultures and traditions - partially what has inspired me to name my practice “New Perspectives Psychotherapy”.
I work with adults (18+) and I enjoy working with young adults, adults, and older adults. I am especially attuned to the potential struggles unique to young adults, men, women, older adults, and those that identify as LGBTQ. I affirm the transgender and LGBTQ community.
Anxiety can present itself in many different ways. Your thoughts can become relentless, catastrophic, and at times, obsessive. Therapy can provide a space to better understand and identify anxiety symptoms and how they impact the quality of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Learn to identify the feelings that often accompany change. Whether it is wanted or not, change is hard, and often just having this validated is a necessary step in moving forward.
Depression can show up in our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and in our bodies. It can hit us at any point, and sometimes unexpectedly. Therapy can provide a safe space to explore how depression impacts us and what we can do to manage the impact it has on our day-to-day lives.
A Safe Space to Grow
I am based in Avondale Estates, only a few minutes from Downtown Decatur. My office is located inside of Blue House Wellness. Built in the 1940s, our building captures a snapshot of history and serves as a safe space for you to grow.
I believe that you know yourself best. Sometimes we may encounter times when it is hard for us to stay attuned to our authentic needs and wants. That’s where I come in - to help facilitate a process of change for my clients, by walking alongside them.