Loren Margelefsky

Loren Margelefsky
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients

Loren is intelligent, well-trained, has excellent personal skills, caring and brings a valuable mix of psychotherapy and art therapy to mental health care.

- Leonardo Batista, MD (2017)

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If you are a prospective client, please schedule a phone consult above. For other inquiries, you can email Loren here.

    About Loren

  • Expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, family issues, and grief and loss
  • Uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Jungian therapy, mindfulness practices, and supportive therapy
  • Offers art therapy as a complement to talk therapy
  • Works with clients ages 13 and older, in individual, couples, and family sessions

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Loren Margelefsky is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Providence, RI. She helps clients struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, family issues, and grief and loss and offers individual, couples, and family sessions.

Loren particularly enjoys working with tweens through adults to strengthen their own abilities to address life challenges. She uses interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and as a Registered Art Therapist, incorporates art therapy for clients who are seeking this treatment option.

Prior to private practice, Loren worked at clinical settings such as Rhode Island Hospital and Blackstone Behavioral Health. She received her Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health from Rhode Island College.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"Entering therapy can be scary and overwhelming. Therapy is a process of building a trusting relationship in which expression, exploration, awareness and healing occur. I aim to provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment for each client to start their therapeutic journey. My treatment approach offers hopeful solutions without stigma or judgement. I challenge self-deception while encouraging assertiveness, authenticity, and self awareness.

Often times, words are not enough to explain or make sense of an experience, yet the creative process allows for access to the unconscious. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I also offer art therapy as an addition or alternative form of counseling. Art therapy focuses on the process rather than the finished product so any one can engage in this alternative method."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Blackstone Behavioral Health, Clinical Therapist, 2015 - Present
Gateway Healthcare, Senior Clinical Therapist, 2015 - 2017
The Providence Center, Primary Clinician, 2015 - 2016
Rhode Island Hospital, Recreational Therapist, 2013 - 2015
The Mount Vernon Hospital, Creative Arts Therapist, 2008 - 2013

Rhode Island College, CAGS, Mental Health Counseling, 2014
Hofstra University, Creative Arts Therapy, 2008
University of Vermont, Bachelors, 2003

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Family issues – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Trauma – Dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Compulsive behaviors – Compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Eating disorders – Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Impulse control issues – Including hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Substance abuse – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationship

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Jungian TherapyThe goal of Jungian therapy is to bring awareness to both the conscious and unconscious parts of the psyche, such that clients can move beyond symptom relief to create lasting change in relationships and emotional development. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Art TherapyIn art therapy, clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. (learn more)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Family
Parents
Seniors (65+)

Languages

LANGUAGES

English

 

TRANSPORTATION

From Brown University
7min walk, 3min bike

From RISD
14min walk, 8min bus, 7min bike

From Johnson & Wales
8min drive22min bus12min bike


Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Loren has experience and is very knowledgeable. She has worked with different populations. She has worked in outpatient treatment and has helped many patients cope with many different difficulties. Loren is professional and empathic.
— Jennifer Alves, LMSW (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Loren is a skilled and highly professional clinician, with excellent therapeutic skills.
— Michael Eltz, Ph.D. (2017)
Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? She is intelligent, well-trained, has excellent personal skills, caring and brings a valuable mix of psychotherapy and art therapy to mental health care.

What topic(s) would you recommend clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, trauma, borderline personality, poor impulse control, family discord.
— Leonardo Batista, MD (2017)