Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
College mental health
Dr. Lauren Appio is a licensed psychologist in Midtown, Manhattan who enjoys working with the kinds of people who put others first. Her practice is focused on providing support and counseling for caregivers, people-pleasers, and perfectionists facing challenges around codependency, boundary-setting, low self-esteem, and significant life transitions. As an experienced therapist with a background in multicultural psychology and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), she helps clients release chronic guilt and anxiety, prioritize self-care, and balance their needs with the needs of others. Dr. Appio uses an integrative, interactive approach to therapy, where clients have the opportunity to better understand their experiences and learn the skills to make meaningful changes in their life now. Her clients have described her as calming, candid, and encouraging.
Dr. Appio also has expertise in career counseling. Clients come to her office with a wide range of career challenges including dissatisfaction with their jobs, burnout, taking on new responsibilities, and career development after college or graduate school. With career clients, Dr. Appio takes a supportive, strengths-based, and solution-focused approach to identify sources of dissatisfaction and overcome career barriers.
Dr. Appio is excited to help clients feel more empowered and freed up to enjoy their lives. Her practice is easily accessible from the 34th St-Herald Square subway/PATH station and Penn Station.
Codependency – Support around understanding and connecting with one's own feelings, wants, and voice; detaching from the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of others
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
College mental health – Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Identity development – Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Dr. Appio is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $275/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Appio can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"It’s not easy facing uncertainty or feeling like you’re never good enough, no matter what you do. If you’re used to having to figure everything out on your own, please know that you don’t have to keep doing things that way. You deserve support and a space to focus on what you need. If you’d like to talk more, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!"
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Relational-Cultural TherapyRelational-cultural therapy is grounded in the belief that culture plays an integral role in influencing relationships. By focusing on culture and its context, a more complete and accurate picture of the human experience emerges. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
St. John's University Center for Counseling and Consulting, 2014 - 2017
UC Davis Counseling Services, 2012 - 2014
Columbia University, PhD, 2013
Lafayette College, BA, 2007