LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Accepting new clients
Young adults / college students
Older adults (65+)
Specialties & expertise
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Personality disorders
- Grief & loss
Lauren Rieger is a psychotherapist specializing in disordered eating, with a particular clinical and research focus on binge eating disorder. She has a special interest in the relationship between trauma and eating disorders, as well as their role in the family system. Lauren's practice includes clients struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, and addiction. She also works with clients adjusting to college and other major life transitions, those seeking meaning and purpose, or grappling with spirituality and personal and/or sexual identity. Lauren provides parenting support, and especially enjoys family and couples therapy.
Lauren received her MSW from Rhode Island College and B.A. in Political Science from Quinnipiac University. She is a Teaching Associate in Medical Education at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she teaches Doctoring III & IV. She completed an internship in addiction medicine and behavioral health at Roger Williams Medical Center and a psychotherapy internship at the Integrated Therapies Program at Butler Hospital, where she trained in existential and interpersonal psychotherapies. She is passionate about and grateful to be part of the recovery process.
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
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
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Sexual identity – Questioning gender and sexuality; non-binary identification, transgender identification, queer identity, sexuality and power
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Lauren is not in-network with insurances, but can provide you with reciepts for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Read benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- First appointment $175 (60 min)
- Ongoing sessions $150 (45 min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"A successful therapy experience begins with finding the right match. Research demonstrates time and again that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the greatest indicator for success and positive outcomes. (You don't have to marry the first therapist you meet with.) Two people can be individually incredible but just not meld together in this unique space. While shopping around can be time consuming, it may be one of the best investments you make. If you've tried therapy before and you didn't get what you need, please don't give up, try again. We all deserve to find the right match!"
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (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)
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)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
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)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Be Collaborative Care, Psychotherapist, 2016 - Present
Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Teaching Associate, 2015 - Present
Butler Hospital, Integrated Therapies Program Therapist, 2016
Butler Hospital, Integrated Therapies Psychotherapy Internship, 2015-2016
Roger Williams Medical Center, Addiction and Behavioral Health Internship, 2014-2015
Rhode Island College, MSW, 2016
Quinnipiac University, BA, 2009