About Me

Dr. Lauren Ogren

I am a Bay Area native with over a decade of experience supporting the complicated emotional needs of my clients. My approach to therapy blends evidence based modalities of CBT and DBT, with an emotion focused and person centered touch.
I will work with you to create therapeutic goals that support your best self and use a direct, yet personable, approach to guide you to success. Most of my clients see a symptom reduction in as soon as three sessions. My specialities include peripartum support, codependency and social- relational disorders, and self-esteem and self-worth for women and teens 13 and above.
I offer a free thirty minute in-person or virtual consultation for prospective clients to determine if we are a therapeutic match.
My clients many times seek help finding how to set boundaries and make decisions that align with their core values. I help guide you through the process of building those skills through active session work and how to follow-through in the days between sessions and beyond.
My fees are $230 for a 50 minute session, frequency is determined by mutual agreement.

Education and Certifications

  • 2003 B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • 2010 Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco
  • 2014 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #83783 California Board Of Behavioral Sciences
  • 2018 Certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Therepy Den Profile


My Writing


EMDR Therapy

EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements or tapping), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes, showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences (Maxfield, 2019). EMDR therapy has even been superior to Prozac in trauma treatment (Van der Kolk et al., 2007).


Maxfield, L. (2019). A clinician’s guide to the efficacy of EMDR therapy. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research [Editorial], 13(4), 239-246. Open access: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1933-3196.13.4.239
Van der Kolk, B.A., Spinazzola, J., Blaustein, M.E., Hopper, J.W., Hopper, E.K., Korn, D. L., & Simpson, W.B. (2007). A randomized clinical trial of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), fluoxetine, and pill placebo in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder: treatment effects and long-term maintenance. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 68(1), 37-46.

Teen Therapy

Lauren has extensive experience working with teens through her time at teen intensive inpatient and outpatient programs. Lauren provides individual therapy to adolescents 13 and older, through honest and warm talk therapy interspersed with DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) skill building used within sessions. Lauren treats adolescents with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, perfectionism, social and relational issues, and self-esteem struggles. Lauren is an LGBTQA+ ally, and has continued training in treating youths who are looking for support with their identity.

Relational Codependency

Codependency is a learned behavior that can be passed down from one generation to another. It is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship. It is also known as “relationship addiction” because people with codependency often form or maintain relationships that are one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive. The disorder was first identified about twenty years ago as the result of years of studying interpersonal relationships in families of alcoholics, but one does not need substance abuse around them to be considered co-dependent. Codependent behavior is learned by watching and imitating other family members who display this type of behavior
Lauren has worked with codependent behaviors in the clinical and private setting and was a leader of the highly successful codependency group at Kaiser Permanente. Working through codependent behavior with Lauren looks like identifying patterns, diving into familial and individual triggers, and forging new skills and self-soothing techniques to better set boundaries and increase your own sense of self and self-esteem.



1330 Lincoln Ave, Ste. 104 San Rafael, CA 94901

Telehealth sessions are also offered and are hosted through simplepractice.com