Ann Lawrence,Ph.D.

Ann Lawrence,Ph.D.

Not Accepting New Clients
Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 2103-057
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Healthscope
  • Meritain Health
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Oscar Health Insurance Co.
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • TrustMark
  • UMR
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
  • United Healthcare Student Resources
Fees: I operate under two practices. Through the Alma network, I am in the networks listed here. In my private practice, do not currently contract with any insurance companies, but am covered under out-of-network benefits. I am happy to check the coverage that any insurance policy might have for my services, and will also file claims on your behalf. My fees are $235 for the initial session (75 minutes), and $198 for subsequent sessions (60 minutes). For those who pay in full at the time of the session, and for whom I do not need to file insurance claims, I discount my fees by $25. I accept payment via cash, check, debit & credit cards, Flex-spending cards, and HSA cards. I do not offer a formal sliding scale, but usually carry one or two clients who are financially burdened at a substantially reduced fee.
Free Initial Consultation
Accepting New Clients
Evening Availability


12900 Lee Ct
Elm Grove, Wisconsin 53122

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My Approach to Helping

Welcome! I offer counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy using a straightforward and open-minded approach. I often rely on my sense of humor. I've studied numerous theories about why and how we behave, think, and feel the way we do. I've also studied therapeutic tools that can ease pain, diminish doubt and confusion, and eliminate or reduce problematic thoughts, feelings, and life circumstances. I've carefully evaluated which techniques help people move forward into satisfaction, improved communication, personal fulfillment, and self-awareness.

I draw from this knowledge base with each client, but I never use a one-size-fits-all approach. I get to know you, then create a treatment plan that fits into your life and addresses your needs. I offer a safe space to explore your life, your emotions, and your unique challenges in a warm and comfortable environment.

More Info About My Practice

I'll help you gain a better understanding of your feelings, behaviors, motives, and thoughts, in addition to aiding your understanding of the people you love the most. I'll extend support to you during painful times, challenge you to gain control over your life, work with you to develop goals, offer you strategies for achieving them, and celebrate with you when you succeed. I help you master new ways of seeing things, methods that can boost your communication skills, and tools that can help you calm down when you're distressed by becoming more centered and calm.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I specialize in relationship therapy, and have extensive experience working with couples who are married, cohabiting, or divorcing. I also help business partners, parents and children, and siblings navigate relationship challenges. I've worked with diverse couples, including both LGBT and heterosexual couples. I've undergone training in several models for treating relationships, including Gottman's approach, PAIRS, Imago, Terry Real's couples counseling, emotion-focused therapy, and many others. I apply these approaches on an as needed basis to each couple, while respecting the needs and desires of each individual and couple.

I enjoy helping people manage their relationships, and have helped numerous struggling couples bring joy back to their relationships.

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Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Pragmatic / Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Transactional Analysis

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