Dr. lauren Chavis

I have been practicing for nearly a decade. I have a range of experiences working with clients from preschool age to elders, with a particular focus with adolescents and adults. I have provided treatment to individuals, families and groups in outpatient settings, intensive outpatient programs, residential treatment programs, and inpatient hospital settings. I have worked with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, trauma, psychosis, family systems problems, life transitions, postpartum depression, and borderline personality disorder. In addition, I have years of experience working with clients struggling with alcohol and drug abuse.

I completed my undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!), where I was a member of the women’s soccer team. My educational pursuits then took me to Los Angeles where I attended Pepperdine University for my master’s degree and worked with children on the autism spectrum (including developmental delays). Through this experience I was trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and provided services in schools and home-based care.

In an attempt to experience another part of the country, I chose to attend William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) nearby Boston, MA, for my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.  One of my goals was to have diverse training experiences and continue my education in an academically-focused city like Boston. I completed externships and internships in community mental health, college counseling, and substance abuse residential and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). Throughout my schooling, I worked as project manager and counselor for a mental health resource and referral helpline connecting individuals and families to mental health services all over Massachusetts.

My final internship led me to the midwest where I was able to live in Chicago and work in one of the most underserved areas of Northwest Indiana. I was able to hone my psychological assessment skills as well as rotations in IOP substance abuse and inpatient hospitalizations.

I am so grateful that my educational and clinical training experiences have taken me to Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago prior to settling in the bay area. I am grateful for the opportunities to have lived in some of the best cities in the country. I was recently married and am happiest when on a hike or walk with my husband and our lovable australian shepherd, Barto.

*I was recently married and I previously went by Lauren Lindsay, PsyD.*