Lauren A. Tetenbaum, LMSW, JD, PMH-C: compassionate counseling to support, empower, and connect
Lauren has always been personally and professionally dedicated to supporting women and young people. While completing her undergraduate degree at UPenn, Lauren taught sex education to West Philadelphia students and volunteered as a Women’s Law Project telephone counselor, providing resources on topics including abuse and divorce. She then simultaneously pursued her MSW and her JD in her hometown of New York City, all while completing internships at nonprofits for immigrants, adolescents, and domestic violence survivors. She was a leader of her Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Advocates for Battered Women student clubs. She was also a student divorce mediator for the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Lauren, a first-generation Cuban-American, practiced as an immigration attorney for global firms in the UK (where she was also the Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Legal Walk Leader of the American Women Lawyers in London networking group) and the US. As a lawyer, she assisted clients of myriad backgrounds navigate complex government systems to embark on their next life chapter. She maintained an active pro bono legal practice, counseling clients fleeing persecution in their home countries, abusive romantic partners or parents, or other trauma. Lauren also worked in personnel roles in which she focused on professional development and mentoring. She guided overwhelmed professionals in balancing career and family and successfully led the advocacy for a more comprehensive parental leave policy. While helping coordinate the global pro bono program of a top international law firm, Lauren worked closely with clients in need, including LGBTQ individuals and legal/social service organizations serving women and youth.
Beyond her current work in mental health and women’s advocacy, Lauren is actively involved in numerous efforts benefitting at-risk populations in her area and abroad. She is on the board of her local League of Women Voters and chairs the community service committees at her kids’ schools. She also volunteers on the Postpartum Support International helpline, as a RALLY mentor for The Mom Project, and as an Ambassador for 2020 Mom. She regularly speaks at events on women’s mental health and has been featured as an expert on numerous wellness platforms and other media. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers, and the Women’s Mental Health Consortium.
A Note From Lauren
My mission is to empower people experiencing stress from life transitions, including emerging adults, young professionals, new parents, and women struggling at work or in relationships. Clients find me optimistic, realistic, and authentic; they appreciate that I am relatable and can act as an empathetic and encouraging advisor. As a lawyer and a social worker I have provided counsel to various people at their most vulnerable. It is a privilege to be able to connect and provide support. With my honest and approachable attitude, curated resources, and insightful strategies, you can reflect, grow, and advocate for yourself to achieve your goals. Let’s chat to see how I can help you!
Education & Certifications
Stanford University: Continuing Studies Credit for Motherhood and Work: Challenges and Opportunities for Positive Change
Fair Play: Certification as a facilitator in the Reese Witherspoon-endorsed system to enhance gender equity and improve the maternal mental load
Postpartum Support International: Certification in Perinatal Mental Health and Advanced Psychotherapy
Seleni Institute: Certification in Maternal Mental Health (Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders and Perinatal Loss & Grief); Additional Training in Screening for Perinatal Emotional Distress and The COVID-19 Pandemic, Trauma, & Grief
Cardozo School of Law: Juris Doctor with Concentrations in Constitutional Law & Rights and Family & Matrimonial Law
New York University Silver School of Social Work: Master of Social Work with honors
University of Pennsylvania: Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) with Major in Communication & Minors in History and Women’s Studies
2022 SuperMom Award in recognition of pandemic working parenthood advocacy
2021 Scarsdale Living Magazine Feature in recognition of volunteer work with Postpartum Support International
2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star in recognition of immigration-related advocacy
2016 GT Pro Bono Star in recognition of advocacy on behalf of immigrant women and children who survived abuse and neglect
2015 Safe Passage Project Attorney of the Week in recognition of advocacy on behalf of an immigrant teen
2015 Cardozo INSPIRE! Award in recognition of immigration-related advocacy
2010 NYU Dean’s Innovation in Social Work Practice Award in recognition of clinical work at the Children’s Aid Society’s Family Wellness Program
2009 National Association of Social Workers-New York City (NASW-NYC) Political Action Scholarship in recognition of dedication to women and children and to social justice generally