Lauren Becker, PsyD - Therapist in Boston, MA

Lauren Becker

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting clients paying out of pocket or who have PPO plans other than Blue Cross Blue Shield (slots for BCBS clients are full)


 

Clientele

Young adults (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples

Specialties & expertise

  • Relationship and family issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Adjustment to parenting and step parenting
  • Life transitions
  • Loss and grief
  • Academic issues
  • Couples counseling
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-esteem
  • Substance use
  • Trauma

Professional statement

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, and adjustment to step parenting. 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.


Specialties

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
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)

General expertise

Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
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


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Berklee College of Music Student Insurance (BCBS)
  • Boston College Student Insurance (BCBS)
  • Harvard Student Insurance (BCBS)
  • Lesley University Student Insurance (BCBS)
  • MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (BCBS)
  • Northeastern University Student Insurance (BCBS)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $200/session (60min)
  • Continuing individual sessions: $175/session (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $190/session (50min)

Sliding scale: offered on an individual basis to clients who need a reduced fee

Therapist's note: If you receive health insurance through another company (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 80% 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."


Treatment approaches

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)
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)
Meditation
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


Languages

English


Professional endorsements

Dr. Becker is a top-notch psychologist who is warm, compassionate and engaging. Dr. Becker utilizes a myriad of eclectic modalities to tailor therapy for each client. Her dynamic and brilliant therapeutic acumen is matched by her sensitivity and care for those she helps. I highly recommend Dr. Becker as a therapist with the utmost confidence.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, spirituality
— David Katzenstein, LCSW-R (2017)
Dr. Becker is an exceptional psychologist with a wide range of skills. She is well trained, intuitive and empathetic to a wide range of patient issues. She is a complete professional in her knowledge base as well as in her behavior with her patients. I give her my highest recommendation. Dr. Becker is an exceptionally gifted psychologist. It has been an honor to have worked with her and to have had a role in her training and career.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Dr. Becker has training and experience in working with all ages and difficulties people are struggling with. She is particularly skillful with children, adolescents and young adults. She relates to people in a kind and gentle fashion and has had success in helping people manage anxiety, depression and trauma.
— Alan Hilfer, PhD (2017)