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Lauren Canonico, LCSW


Body, Trauma, Sex and LGBTQ+ Affirmative Psychotherapist

Affirmative Therapy Collective
New York,
New York,
United States

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Special Instructions: Call, text or email for appointments.
Sliding Scale Available
Additional information about where I can practice: Therapy available NY, FL (Other therapists in my practice are also licensed in Connecticut and Michigan, with New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington DC applications pending).
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Trauma
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Eating Disorders
- Disordered Eating
- Diet Culture Recovery
- Body Image
- Gender Dysphoria
- Transgender Issues
- LGBTQIA+ Issues
- Polyamory / Consensual Non Monogamy / Ethical Non Monogamy
- Couples and Relationship Therapy
- Chronic Pain / Chronic Illness
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Relationship Issues
- Family Issues
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Relational
- Interpersonal
- Somatic
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Health at Every Size
- Intersectional Feminism
- Attachment Focused
- Culturally Sensitive
- Clinical Supervision
Age Groups Served:
- Teens (13-18 years old)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- Transgender and Nonbinary
- Neurodivergent
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

All of you is welcome here. I am not a distant, blank faced analyst, but instead am responsive, affirmative, and collaborative in my approach to body, sex, trauma and LGBTQIA+ affirmative psychotherapy.

As a therapist and clinical supervisor, I'm committed to facilitating modern, collaborative psychotherapy grounded in anti-oppressive frameworks that recognize the impact and importance of what happens in both the outside world and your own unique, interior emotional world. I work from my own lived experience, and seek a deep understanding of yours, to guide and inform our work. I'm here to help you sort through the bullshit, including the long shadows cast by diet culture, anti-blackness, societal expectations, or the constraints of oppressive institutions, to locate your own unique sense of who you are, who you want to be and how the hell to take care of yourself so that you can move towards a meaningful, connected life.

I offer special insights to those experiencing discomfort and disconnection with themselves and their bodies, whether based in trauma, chronic pain or illness, gender dysphoria, chronic dieting, disordered eating, and those struggling with relationship problems, LGBTQIA+/GSM issues such as claiming queerness, examining identity and sexuality, and navigating relationship dynamics, with chosen family and family of origin, friends, romantic and sexual partners and peers.

About Me & My Practice

With me, and with the other therapists within my practice, you'll find a shared commitment to truly affirmative therapy: client centered care, trauma informed care, harm reduction, anti racism and a Health at Every Size® approach.

In addition to facilitating psychotherapy and clinical supervision, I teach at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service and continue to prioritize my own learning and education. I use my platform as an adjunct to infuse and highlight HAES® and anti-racist principles into every aspect of social work that I teach, urge my students and seek myself to remain grounded in a space of self examination and interrogation to work against complicity and complacency.

I've completed two post graduate programs (Integrative Trauma Treatment and Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy), formal anti-racist training with the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, and continue to prioritize my own learning, particularly from those most marginalized and most impacted by fatphobia and the failures of traditional psychotherapy and eating disorder treatment.

Accessibility Considerations

Virtual sessions are offered and available to all patients. Physical office has elevator access which requires no stairs for entry. Office seating for patient is a loveseat.

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