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"Serving by helping others is deeply meaningful to me, and I am honored to have the opportunity to do the work that I do. My practice is not limited to one particular issue, but I do specialize in working with families dealing with pediatric cancer, and with individuals experiencing other forms of grief and loss. I have treated parents, siblings and childhood cancer survivors themselves for the past 15 years. I usually work with clients ages 11 and above, but will make exceptions for younger children in appropriate cases."

"For me, the first task of therapy is to create understanding and trust in a safe space. My approach is psychodynamic but eclectic, with an emphasis on attachment, self-awareness and mind-body connection. I integrate mindfulness, meaning and spirituality into much of my work."

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Lara is licensed by the state of Ohio as a practitioner and clinical supervisor, and regularly continues her education in clinical, supervision and ethical practices in accordance with state law.

Lara Palay received her Master’s of Social Work, with an emphasis in clinical practice and research, in 1998. She has worked in community mental health, partial hospitalization and other settings since 1988 and has maintained her private practice, specializing in pediatric cancer for over fifteen years. Ms. Palay is on the faculty of the Ohio State University College of Social Work, and has taught in the Master’s program since 2009. She is also adjunct faculty at Ohio Dominican University in the social work program.

Following her tenure at the State of Ohio as a liaison between the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (ODMHAS) and the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), Lara was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Systems Change, a social welfare and disability policy think tank. She has also continued to lecture around the country and internationally on trauma, grief and loss and developmental disabilities. Currently Lara is a Managing Partner at Aldridge Palay Group, a consulting firm specializing in mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Some of her writings on these and related topics can be viewed at www.centerforsystemchange.org and www.aldridgepalay.com.
"Complications arising from or affecting grief, such as trauma or guilt, can also be identified and addressed in treatment so that grief can again proceed naturally."

"Confidentiality and ethical conduct are of the utmost importance to me, and I strive to maintain the highest standards of professional practice. I believe strongly in teamwork, and am happy to consult with physicians, psychologists, educators and/or other therapists in the course of working with you. Click here to request a copy of my privacy practices."
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Aldridge Palay a consulting firm specializing in mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities. We provide policy analysis, create content for clinical and staff development, and custom-design tools for community assessment for service needs. We also consult on the business of providing services in the mental health and intellectual and developmental disability services market.

Crescent Counseling is a division of Aldridge Palay Group.

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