Lauren Jessell, LMSW

I am a psychotherapist with over a decade of experience in the field of mental health and substance use treatment. My style is collaborative, warm and relational. I love what I do because I know that behind personal challenges lie unique strengths and capacities, with psychotherapy being a process in which challenges can be transformed. My aim is to work together to facilitate this process, and my approach is both empathic and solution-focused. I have a special interest in treating mood difficulties and addictive behaviors and have expertise in the integrated treatment of these challenges. Whatever your reason for pursuing psychotherapy, it should always be individualized and centered around helping you identify and achieve your goals.

 Professionally, I am a licensed social worker. I received my MSW from Rutgers University in 2012 and am currently pursuing a PhD at New York University, also in Social Work. I am inspired by harm reduction approaches to mental health and substance use, social justice, and my own mindfulness and spiritual practices. I am proud to work in ways that merge holistic approaches to wellness with treatment that is professional and evidence based.  

Sydney Faith Rose, CHHC, RYT

I am a clinical intern at "What's True Now?" I bring my full self to my work as an intern, and that includes my personal meditation practice and transformative experiences in recovery communities and therapy. Professionally, I’m supported by advanced trainings in trauma informed meditation and yoga (The Interdependence Project, The Lineage Project, Laughing Lotus, Yoga Vida, Kripalu, Insight Meditation Society). I have over 10 years of experience bringing mindfulness based, trauma-informed, person-centered interventions to individuals and groups through community organizations. Many of those organizations serve people who are impacted by the justice, child welfare, and mental health systems, as well as those that are struggling with substance use, emotional wellbeing and deep questions about what it means to be human. I’m currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work at NYU and learning to facilitate Insight Dialog, which is a way of practicing insight meditation in relationship to others. I’m inspired by social justice, harm reduction, Health at Every Size (HAES) approaches to wellness and a steady stream of baby animal videos on YouTube.

I believe that as humans, we're relational by nature and that we can't underestimate the healing power of authentic, collaborative and mutual relationships between therapists, coaches, mentors and clients in filling a basic human need. My goal is to be a whole-hearted listener, pay close attention and create a space where you can connect with your own innate wisdom. My style is relaxed, responsive, curious, affirming and enthusiastically imperfect. I appreciate the effort and presence of my clients and the growth that comes to all who participate in sharing and listening with intentions of compassion, healing and cultivating awareness.