Lauren Costine, Ph.D., “Dr. Lauren” is a Licensed Psychologist, author, relationship and women’s empowerment coach.
After getting sober 20 years ago, Dr. Lauren decided she wanted to follow in her own therapist’s footsteps after discovering the immense benefits she had received from her own therapy. Enrolling in Antioch in September 1999 and continuing onto her doctorate at Pacifica Graduate Institute in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology she completed her dissertation in 2007 and then becoming licensed in 2009.
Her work has always focused on helping women, the LGBTQ community, people who suffer from addictions and co-dependency heal the wounds that occur when growing up in a discriminatory world. Dr. Lauren has found through her own inner work and her 19 years of working with folks that digging deep into those parts of ourselves that are hidden from us and making them conscious ultimately makes one much more capable of managing the intricacies of life. This awareness eventually creates avenues towards inner peace and joy. It is our childhood traumas (both big and small), dysfunctional families, societal messages, misogyny, LGBTQ-phobias (that are external and internal) and the everyday challenges of being human that end up holding too much power over how we feel about ourselves, interact in our relationships and pursue our dreams. The kind of therapy Dr. Lauren uses with her clients helps changes their lives for the better – happiness rises, a strong sense-of-self develops, healthier relationships occur, better ways of coping with painful feelings expands, parenting becomes more enjoyable, career satisfaction increases, self-care becomes a way of life, and they figure out how to create life full of balance, meaning and purpose. Her clients report experiencing their lives greatly improving – everyone’s dream.
Dr. Lauren sees clients who are dealing with depression, mood disorders, anxiety, addictions (substances, love, food, digital), parents with adult children who suffer from addictions, women who are dealing with big and small traumas (sexual, emotional, physical), life-transitions (breakups, divorce, peri and postmenopausal, empty-nest syndrome) self-esteem, the famous inner critic and LGBTQ-issues.
Dr. Lauren sees clients in Beverly Hills and Woodland Hills. She created an online relationship-coaching program and is frequently asked to present at conferences and workshops all over the country. She also enjoys writing, teaching, and consulting for treatment centers, court-cases, and empirically based studies.