I’m Lara… a mother, wife, writer, and therapist who recently made the jump from full-time Family Therapist to full-time Family Mom!
Following a brief career in journalism and PR, I returned to graduate school to pursue my degree in social work. I received my Master’s of Science in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University and focused my training on clinical mental health practice. For the past fifteen years, I’ve worked as a psychotherapist, specializing in child, adolescent and family therapy. I’ve treated many interesting, dynamic people who sought help for family relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-injurious behavior.
My social work career has led me to a variety of settings, from non-profits to schools, from the suburbs to the inner city. I’ve also run my own private practice. I’ve met people from every walk of life and have loved hearing their fascinating stories. I feel so fortunate to have entered a profession which has taught me something new about our world every single day.
Working with children has been my greatest professional honor, and I’ve learned that they are smarter and more astute than adults will ever understand! It is not easy to hear some of their incredibly painful stories, but it means so much to have a young person trust you enough to let you in to his or her feelings. Being able to advocate for children and help redirect their course is a truly meaningful experience.
I was at a point in my life when I felt generally fulfilled. A home, a husband (and a bonus daughter), a rewarding career. And then at almost 36, I found out I was pregnant! I soon realized after having my son, Jack, that becoming a Mommy was by far the most rewarding gift God could ever send me.
Soon after returning to my practice, I knew it was time for a change. It was difficult for me to spend so much time with other children when I was not with my own. I decided to maintain my social work license but take on a new career… Stay at Home Mom!
In order to stay at home with Jack and witness all his special “firsts,” I returned to my first love: writing. I started to freelance, began work on my children’s book, and conceived and birthed this blog! After spending so many years working with children and parenting issues, I’ve been fascinated to now see many scenarios play out first-hand in my own home. What Lara Wrote is my place to share my parenting experiences from both a personal and professional perspective. Just call me “Mommy, MSW!”
My love for writing and social work is connected by one common theme: a fascination with people’s stories. So on WhatLaraWrote.com, I interview some amazing people and share their stories with you. It’s the best way to learn expert insights on a variety of fun and informative topics. Of course, life is not only about breastfeeding and bedtimes. I’ll also share my other interests, like party planning, organic living, food, and travel.
Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you enjoy coming along as I document this amazing ride.
Take a look at What Lara Wrote today!
DISCLAIMER: Although I am a licensed therapist, advice on this site is given in a general sense and should not be considered a substitute for individual treatment. Anyone needing parenting or mental health services should personally consult with a licensed clinician for an individualized assessment.