Accepting clients for daytime appointments paying out of pocket or who have PPO plans other than Blue Cross Blue Shield (slots for BCBS clients are full)
Young adults (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Relationship and family issues
Anxiety and depression
Adjustment to parenting and step parenting
Loss and grief
College and graduate school adjustment
Perinatal and postpartum support
Dr. Lauren Becker is a psychologist in Jamaica Plain with expertise in supporting clients struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues, transitions, low self esteem, trauma, college and graduate school adjustment, and parenting and step-parenting adjustment. Her style is honest and open, and she brings genuine care and compassion to help her clients navigate life's challenges.
Dr. Becker also provides neuropsychological assessments to identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses, learning styles, and emotional functioning, and to help diagnose learning challenges and autism spectrum disorders. Her practice is primarily psychodynamically oriented, and incorporates tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, and supportive therapy.
Dr. Becker believes that the best approach is holistic and evidence-based, and has pursued training in a variety of issues and therapy modalities. She works towards creating a warm and open space where her clients can be their authentic selves and find the light in dark situations.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care, navigating cultural transitions and bicultural issues
Perinatal and postpartum support – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
College and graduate school adjustment
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Eating disorders – Works with primary care physicians and nutritionists to support individuals with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging. Use cognitive behavioral therapy to assess how the week went, what triggers came up, etc.
Parenting and Step Parenting– Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Lauren is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $200/session (60min)
Continuing individual sessions: $180/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $125 - $180 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: If you receive health insurance through another company besides Blue Cross Blue Shield (such as Aetna, Cigna, or Harvard Pilgrim) and would like to use it for therapy, please contact them directly to find out if you have “out-of-network mental health benefits." Many PPO and POS plans have "out-of-network" benefits that cover up to 100% percent of the cost of therapy. Payment is due at the time of the session, and you will be provided with a monthly bill to submit to your insurance company, who will then send you a check directly for reimbursement.
Message to clients
"I have expertise in the areas of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship and family struggles, challenging adjustments and life transitions, grief and trauma. Most of my clients begin therapy hoping to heal relationships, alleviate emotional pain, fix problematic behaviors and improve their overall life satisfaction. And yet, despite their hope for the future and courage to begin therapy, getting started can feel scary and anxiety provoking. I will do my very best to help you feel relaxed and at ease. It has been my experience that my clients ultimately enjoy the process of becoming healthier and more self-aware. My approach to therapy is individualized. I take special care to create treatment plans that are unique to each person. I believe that life’s challenges represent opportunities for growth and that we are all inherently capable of tackling our problems and creating fulfilling, meaningful lives. I love my job because I am I able to help others find the relief and change they are looking for."
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.
Cognitive 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)
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) AEDP focuses on the in-depth processing of trauma and emotional difficulties to encourage the formation of new, transformative, positive experiences. AEDP acknowledges the inner strength of each individual by activating the adaptive change process and building a strong emotional relationship with the client. (learn more)
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2014 - Present
Interfaith Medical Center, Clinical Psychologist
McShane Center for Psychological Services, College Counseling
New York University RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Neuropsychological Evaluations
Upham's Corner Health Center, Clinical Psychologist
Maimonides Medical Center, Clinical Psychologist
Pace University, Psy. D.
Pace University, M.S. Ed.
Cornell University, BS in Human Development