Lauren Gaspar, LCSW has treated victims of trauma and other life losses since 1999. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Boston University and has been recognized by the State of Texas as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2005.
Lauren has spent the last 15 years treating survivors of all ages that have been affected by sexual and physical abuse, those working through various forms of loss (divorce, expected and unexpected deaths, and stigmatized deaths), and those facing post-traumatic stress disorder, medical trauma, depression, and anxiety. She utilizes various forms of treatment with her clients, including Eye Movement Desentization and Reprocessing (EMDR), play therapy, sand tray therapy, and art therapy. She has worked at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Suffolk County Children’s Advocacy Center of Boston, the Good Grief Program of Boston, the Batshaw Youth and Family Centers in Montreal, Canada. and Hope Alliance in Round Rock, TX.
Lauren’s experience has provided her with many opportunities to create healing for victims of severe trauma and loss. In December 2001 she was selected by the renowned Good Grief Program of Boston to begin child group therapy for children whose parents had died during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. From there she was hired full time as their 9/11 clinician, providing individual and group therapy for family members of victims. She co-facilitated groups for parent, spouses, siblings, and children of victims.
Lauren has been an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas in Austin Graduate School of Social Work since 2006. She continues to teach Methods of Play Intervention and Treatment of Children and Adolescents, and has also taught Grief Counseling, Group Therapy, and Social Work Practice with Abused and Neglected Children and Families. Lauren has provided workshops on self-care, vicarious traumatization, helping children through grief and loss, expressive therapy techniques, and Love and Logic for various agencies, schools, and the UT School of Social Work continuing education program.
Lauren has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 2001 and is also a member of the Association for Play Therapy. In 2013 she was selected to be the Austin representative of the Family Advocacy Outreach Network for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and annually serves as the conference chair of the Norma Leban Play Therapy Symposium through the UT School of Social Work. She served as the 2011-2014 Board Co-President for the Central Texas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Grief and loss issues, sexual and physical abuse, trauma with children and families, sexually reactive behaviors in children; sexual abuse evaluations.
- M.S.W., Boston University
- B.A., University of Texas at Austin
Social Work BuildingRoom:3.104A
Mailing AddressThe University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358