Dr. Lauren Ashley Shapiro
I received my Doctorate in Clinical-Forensic Psychology at Alliant International University’s California School of Forensic Studies in June 2015 and was formally granted licensure by the California Board of Psychology in March 2017. I completed my doctoral dissertation on Contemporary Attitudes Towards Psychopathy. I have been active in the mental health field since 2009 and primarily treat teens and young adults but have also worked extensively with adults and the older adult/geriatric population.
Most recently, I worked at the intersection of mental health, the legal/justice system (Forensic) and the medical field (Med-legal) to specialize in the complex world of psycholegal issues. As such, I have come to be known and respected for my comprehensive psychological and neurocognitive testing, evaluations and assessments; med-legal and psycho-legal consultation, evaluation, and treatment; and thorough forensic reports and legal consultation services.
I completed my post-Doctoral Assistanceship at IBEMED/Healthpointe Medical Clinics, where I provided individual therapy to clients contending with workers compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits and oversaw Neuropsychological Evaluation and Cognitive Rehabilitation activities. I completed my Pre-Doctoral Internship for Orange County Collaborative Courts’ Juvenile Drug Program where I provided court-ordered individual and group therapy to adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health and legal issues. I also provided professional psychological consultations and recommendations regarding treatment to the Juvenile Justice Courts and Orange County Probation. As a volunteer therapist at a transitional shelter in Orange County, I provided individual and group therapy to adult women facing chronic homelessness, mental illness, and discrimination. I also completed internships as a mental health evaluator for Orange County foster youth, a therapist for Orange Coast College’s students, a hotline responder for IMAlive online crisis network, and a Program Coordinator for a Mentoring Children of Prisoners program. Thus, I am formally trained as a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist, Dialectical Behavior Therapist, and Motivational Interviewer as well as a trained Crisis Responder and Suicide Interventionist, having received ground-breaking immersive training in crisis intervention/suicidology with the QPR Institute and IMAlive Foundation prior to initiating my Doctoral studies.
I have extensive clinical/treatment experience with children, adolescents/teenagers, young adults/transitional-aged youth, adults and older/geriatric adults and I enjoy working with clients of all different ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual and romantic interests, gender identifications, personal preferences, and identity expressions in any treatment setting. I have trained in the provision of neuropsychological and cognitive rehabilitation training with patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain, and other physical and psychiatric injuries. For years, I worked and continue to work at the intersection of mental health, the legal/justice system (Forensic) and the medical field (Med-legal) to specialize in the complex world of psycho-legal issues.
I am an outspoken advocate for nontraditional and alternative psychological practices in substance abuse treatment, internet addiction and technological dependence, adolescent behavioral problems, and teenage delinquency. I am also especially sensitive to the psychological treatment needs and concerns of sexual and gender minorities and strive to provide kink-aware and kink-informed psychotherapy. I focus on addressing and improving the underlying causes of symptoms rather than emphasizing diagnoses. Through my unique approach to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, I empower my clients and help them reach their individual, personal, and therapeutic goals.
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