Lara Pomnitz, LMSW

Lara is a fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LMSW), Child Mental Health Professional (CMHP), Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), and Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP). She received her Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) degree and Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from Wayne State University. In her Graduate studies, she majored in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis on Interpersonal Practice and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Lara's passion is centered on helping others navigate difficult life circumstances, to improve self-efficacy and foster lasting positive changes. In practice, Lara utilizes evidence-based techniques, with an emphasis on Holistic Treatment, to address the person as a “whole”, focusing on the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional forms of well-being.

 

Lara has 4 + years experience working with children and adults with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities, and co-occurring disorders, as well as, 9 + years experience providing Mental Health and Advocacy services to adults and older adults in the long Term-Care / Rehabilitation setting. Additionally, Lara has experience providing both in-patient and out-patient group therapy focused on various mental health topics, including; anxiety, social anxiety, depression, women's issues, spiritual development, healthy boundary setting, assertiveness training, stress management, positive coping skills, self-esteem building, and conflict resolution.

 

Lara specializes in treating Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, specific to navigating Life Transitions, Self-Esteem issues, and Identity Development. Some Life Transitions addressed in therapy include, adjusting to relationship changes, parenting, separations, personal loss, empty nesting, job loss, career changes, school changes, purchasing a home, losing a home, moving, health changes and changes in one's level of independence and interpersonal functioning.

Her methods include the Person-Centered Approach, tailoring treatment to each individual's needs, promoting maximum independence, self-determination, psychosocial functioning and enhanced quality of life.

Lara's Skills

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Conflict Resolution

Psychodynamic Therapy

Existential Psychotherapy

Narrative Therapy

Mindfulness Practices

Strength-Based

Goal-Oriented

Solution-Focused

What to expect: During therapy, we are likely to uncover long-held beliefs and perceptions which may be negatively impacting your current behaviors and holding you back from experiencing a fulfilling and meaningful life. At times, life can be challenging and while we can't change the past, we can learn to understand and resolve challenges in our present. Therapy can help you to uncover your true potential and lead a life that is more balanced and fulfilling. With sensitivity and compassion, Lara provides a warm and non-judgmental atmosphere to share these delicate thoughts and emotions. The decision to seek help can be difficult, but choosing to do so shows incredible strength and willingness to learn, grow, and overcome. ~ namaste

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