Lauren Elder PhD, Psychology in San Diego, California, 92108

Lauren Elder PhD

Lauren Elder PhD
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Lauren Elder PhD

Professions: Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: PSY - 28623
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 24917
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
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Office 1
3505 Camino Del Rio S
Suite 212
San Diego, California 92108
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I use a collaborative and supportive style to help you understand yourself or your child. Once we understand what is contributing to the emotions or behavior you would like to change, we take practical steps to make real improvements in your daily life. Therapy can be difficult, but also incredibly rewarding. My flexible approach moves between working on thoughts, behaviors, and feelings to find the most helpful way for you to reach your goals. When working with children I often focus on play to help them better express themselves, learn to manage difficulty emotions and develop new skills. Parents are very involved in their child's treatment and attend each session so that together we can best address the child's needs.

Email or Call Lauren Elder PhD at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 24917

More Info About My Practice

In addition to therapy services for adults, children and families, I also offer assessment services. Assessments available include psychodiagnostic, IEE, autism, cognitive, developmental. I accept insurance and private pay clients.

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

Anxiety: Treatment can help you to gently face your fears and move beyond them. By reducing anxiety and learning new coping skills you will be able to have more enjoyment in your life.

Autism and developmental delay: Treatment for autism and developmental delay can include communication strategies for children who are not yet speaking, learning social communication, emotion regulation and play. I also specialize in treating anxiety and depression in individuals with autism.

Infants: Therapy for infants focuses on helping parents learn to play with their child in ways that enhances their child's development. I focus on infants who are showing or at risk for developmental delays. By intervening early we can help a child reach their potential.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy helps us to better understand ourselves and those people close to us. Once we have an understanding of what is contributing to our fears and problems, we can work to improve ourselves and our lives. This may look very different for different people. Some prefer a very solution-focused and practical approach. Others prefer to have a therapist support them as they explore their emotions, their goals, and their values. What's important is to fine a therapist who you are comfortable with, with whom you feel a connection. A therapist should be flexible in meeting you where you are currently, while offering a helping hand to take the first steps towards a better life.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Irritability
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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