Lauren (Lulu) AppelTherapist, LCSW-C
About Lauren (Lulu) Appel
Lulu strives to create a safe, nonjudgemental space for therapy and loves to watch clients of all ages increase happiness in their lives. She views therapy as a gift for ourselves and those around us. She believes that as a vehicle for exploration and creativity, therapy can lighten a load, loosen a bind, or allow a deeper breath. She is passionate about meeting people where they are and working with them to find paths towards their goals. Lulu approaches each client with compassion, respect and interest and together, they build a creative and collaborative relationship. Outside of therapy, Lulu loves to make things, have impromptu dance parties, and spend time with her 2 young children.
Training and Education
Lulu graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work with a concentration in mental health. She has worked with people of all ages and has been treating adolescents and their families for over 10 years in and out of the school setting. Through those experiences, she worked with many diagnosed with autism, ADHD and other neurodivergencies and with those presenting with educational, familial and/or personal goals. Before becoming a clinician, Lulu worked with people who were experiencing homelessness for over 5 years and became familiar with separating and addressing multidimensional needs. She is trained to practice EMDR and Flash Technique, which are evidence based treatments for multiple forms of trauma, with children, adolescents and adults. She currently also works as a school-based therapist with elementary school students in Baltimore County. She regularly engages in continuing education to build her skills.
Lulu believes that therapy can provide a safe and caring space to discover one's resiliency. By gaining new understanding of struggles and expanding the vision of what is possible, people can make lasting changes. With a diverse toolbox but clear perspective, a therapist serves as an effective and supportive navigator. Through her experiences with adults and children, Lulu has witnessed the value of play, sand, art, movement, music and talk therapies and uses each readily. She has also studied and practiced extensively in dialectical behavioral therapy, an evidence-based treatment for managing intense emotions, coping with distress and developing positive interpersonal relationships, and she often uses that as a foundation for her work. Lulu sees people through a holistic perspective that maximizes supports, strengths and skills and treats a variety of needs.