Lauren David, Ph.D.
After growing up in Austin, I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Southwestern University, just up the road in Georgetown, TX. While in college, I fell in love with the field of psychology and became excited to pursue a degree in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University in Alabama. I earned both a Master’s and a Ph.D. there, spending many years of my training working at universities with college students. I developed a passion for working with adolescents and emerging adults, and have a healthy appreciation for the challenges that people undergo during this stage of life. Since graduating, I have worked as a therapist and a specialist in assessment at The Ohio State University and Florida Atlantic University in their university counseling centers. This year I moved home to Austin and joined the team at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy.
When I am not in the office, I spend my time with family, friends, and my mischievous cat Rufus. I enjoy exploring Austin’s foodie scene and discovering new spots that have emerged in the years I have lived in other states. I also practice yoga and am learning how to ballroom dance (the waltz is my favorite), and love curling up on a comfortable chair with a good book.
My approach to therapy is relational and integrative, pulling from many different philosophies of treatment. I believe that it is most important for a person to feel safe and able to trust their therapist, as a strong bond gives space for meaningful change to occur. With the relationship as the foundation, I incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion as overarching philosophies of wellness. I work flexibly with my clients to meet their needs, bringing in elements of cognitive behavioral, emotion-focused, and psychodynamic therapies as appropriate, all while considering each individual within their cultural context. I believe that as the therapist, I am only here to be the guide, someone to listen, understand, and make suggestions. I take immense joy in the day that my clients “graduate” from therapy, confident that they can “fly out of the nest” towards happiness, fulfillment, and success.
Through my years working in collegiate mental health, I have developed a passion for working with adolescents and young adults. This phase of life is often characterized by issues of identity development and transition, during which therapy can be essential to ameliorating past hurts, finding a coherent sense of self, and positioning oneself in the world for continued growth and development. I particularly enjoy working with relationship issues (romantic, familial, roommates, friendships, grief and loss, etc.), anxiety, depression, eating disorders and disordered eating, academic distress, career exploration, and all forms of identity development (including gender and sexual orientation exploration, transitions, and coming outs).
I also specialize in psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic assessment. Assessment, or psychological testing, can be an excellent way to learn more about oneself – facets of personality, areas of clinical concern, strengths, weaknesses – and can complement therapy to help to answer questions a person may have about their ways of being in the world. In particular, for individuals struggling in school, I provide testing for learning and attentional concerns (ex: dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder).