Lauren Seltzer, LMFT

Lauren Seltzer, LMFT

Lauren Seltzer, LMFT, brings over 16 years of clinical expertise to her work in educational, private practice, and residential therapeutic settings. As the owner of Educational Resources Unlimited, she is dedicated to helping families and young individuals realize their potential through integrative health and wellness practices. Lauren’s approach is highly individualized, incorporating mindfulness-based skills, such as DBT, and rooted in the family systems approach.

With a master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont, Lauren has a solid educational background complementing her extensive experience. She has served in various roles, including Admissions Director and Assistant Clinical Director at a therapeutic boarding school, and currently operates a private practice focusing on relationship-focused treatment.

Lauren’s professional focus includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Integrative Health and Wellness, and relationship-focused treatment. Lauren serves as a consulting psychotherapist at Quinnipiac University.  She is actively involved in industry associations, having chaired the Northeast conference for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and serving on various committees for the Association. She is a member of Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and serves on the IECA’s Foundation Board. Lauren often presents at behavioral health conferences and offers workshops on compassion and self-care within the therapeutic and educational industry.

Outside of work, Lauren is a devoted mother and appreciates the challenges and rewards of parenting while striving for balance in life.

Educational Resources Unlimited: 

In 1997, Educational Resources Unlimited was established by Barbara Posner, a longtime educator and advocate for students with special needs. Lauren Seltzer joined ERU in 2019, taking over the practice from Barbara.

Nick Lodato, LMFT

Nick Lodato, LMFT

Nick is a seasoned therapist based on the West Coast, specializing in addiction therapy with a particular focus on adolescents, young adults, and families. With a diverse background in addiction recovery and mental health, Nick began his career at Refuge Recovery and Authentic Recovery Center, eventually progressing to roles such as Primary Therapist at Key Healthcare and later, Executive Director.

Nick’s approach to therapy is rooted in understanding the unique challenges and dynamics present within different age groups and family systems. He offers an alternative to traditional addiction treatment programs, prioritizing the exploration of root causes rather than solely addressing substance use. Through evidence-based therapies such as ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and narrative therapy, Nick tailors his approach to each client’s specific needs, fostering a collaborative and judgment-free therapeutic process.

Nick’s expertise extends to areas such as addiction recovery, identity exploration, interpersonal issues within families, and navigating the complexities of teenage and young adult life. He is well-versed in addressing challenges that arise within family dynamics and supporting individuals in strengthening family bonds and communication.

Dedicated to highlighting clients’ strengths and empowering them to rewrite more fulfilling narratives for their futures, Nick creates a safe and supportive environment where vulnerability and connection are encouraged. He deeply values diversity and inclusivity, offering support to individuals of all orientations, genders, and identities. Specializing in working with artists and creatives, Nick aids in achieving both personal and professional goals, including overcoming creative blocks. In his practice, Nick prioritizes creating a safe, empathetic space where clients can develop a strong sense of self and navigate life’s challenges with resilience.

Emilie Allen, MA, MFA

Emilie Allen, MA, MFA

Emilie Allen oversees ERU’s operations and communications efforts. She takes pride in supporting families through the consultation process with care and intention. Emilie brings over 15 years of experience working in education and experiential learning. Prior to ERU, she served for several years as director of marketing and communications at an independent boarding and day school and summer camp in New York.

Emilie’s passion for fostering meaningful connections aligns with her commitment to equity, inclusion, and mission-driven work. Her expertise also spans various roles in the classroom from preschool through university education, as well as contributions to organizations like Sensate Journal and Alliance for International Women’s Rights. She is founder and principal of the creative collective, Otter & Owl Media. Emilie holds an MA, Media Studies from Concordia University, Montreal, QC and MFA, Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Educational Resources Unlimited serves families throughout the United States, as well as internationally.