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Lauren Gargano, LCSW - Founder

Lauren is a clinical social worker (LCSW), psychoanalytic psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice.  She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from New York University, a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University, a certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Training Institute for Mental Health (a post-graduate training center), and a certificate in Psychoanalytic Supervision from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.

Lauren served as an instructor and supervisor at the Training Institute for Mental Health from 2013 to 2018. During this time, she developed a curriculum for the intern program, as well as taught for the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program. She also served as the Assistant Clinical Director here from 2017 to 2019. For more information on Lauren Gargano's private practice in NYC, visit:

Over her 13 years as a practicing psychotherapist, Lauren began to notice a trend among her patients - most people wanted tools and tips to provide a quick fix for their obstacles. That's no surprise because in our society when obstacles arise we focus on addressing the surface symptom. The truth is, you have to look beyond the surface symptom and get to the root of your obstacles in order to overcome them. So, Lauren began to see a need for educating the public on how humans function, and what it takes to truly overcome obstacles once and for all. As such, BeingHuman101 was born. 

Lauren has a passion for sharing the basics of mental health with everyone. She believes that access to mental health education should not be limited to only those in the psychology-related fields. She wants to reach as many individuals and organziations as possible to provide them with the knowledge that revolutionized the way she sees the world and interacts with it, so that others can have the same knowledge to obtain the life they want.  

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