I'm Lauri Shedd and I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I see clients at Lauri Shedd Therapy Services LLC in the Creve Coeur area of St. Louis, Missouri.
My practice is grounded in a belief that all of us (yes, even you!) possess the strength, courage, and skills necessary to overcome the obstacles that get in the way of enjoying healthy, fulfilling lives. I can help you tap into your natural resilience in order to find your way to success and happiness, while I serve as a guide and collaborative partner every step of the way. You can do this!
I work extensively with adults and older teenagers who are dealing with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, addiction, body focused repetitive behaviors (excoriation disorder and trichotillomania), and depression. I can help you work through major life transitions and relationship problems. I can also help you develop social skills if you have a deficit in that area. I have experience providing counseling and life coaching services to individuals and groups in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, and specialized intensive day treatment programs. I now provide services in a private practice setting.
I understand and appreciate that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. Sometimes you want short-term help to navigate and cope with a particularly challenging or stressful life experience. Sometimes you prefer longer-term therapy that builds on the learning and self-discovery realized along the way. Together, we can develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. I will work to understand how you are uniquely you, because I understand that all mental health issues don't fit the textbook description.
I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to help clients identify and acknowledge disruptive or debilitating thoughts and behaviors that are barriers to understanding and achieving their full potential. I integrate other approaches that 'play well with' CBT to help with stumbling blocks and provide more insight on your problem. I also integrate mindfulness into my practice and am happy to introduce you to its benefits as well.
I have a positive therapeutic approach that leverages encouragement, advocacy, empowerment, learning, and skills development. I don't shy away from talking about the past -- it is part of us -- but it isn't always necessary to go there to get relief of symptoms. I let you decide.
I have a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and a master’s degree in social work, both from Florida State University. I am a member of the National Association for Social Workers and St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network. I am a former Guardian ad Litem and Big Sister. To relax, I am transforming my back yard into a native plant and wildlife habitat. I also love to thrift shop and spend time with my husband and many pets. I'm teaching myself hand embroidery (which also helps me practice patience!).