Lauren Woolley, Ph.D (La Jolla)
Licensed counseling psychologist specializing in individual therapy
Dr. Woolley is a licensed psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders, depression, trauma and relationship concerns. She particularly enjoys helping clients who struggle with perfectionism and self-criticism. Dr. Woolley views therapy like climbing a mountain. Clients are the climbers, and she is the mountain guide. She focuses on helping clients identify the path they want to climb. Then, Dr. Woolley supports clients on the climb with encouragement, tools and ways to keep climbing when obstacles occur.
Dr. Woolley tailors therapy to each client’s unique needs. Her approach combines Western and Eastern psychological practices and is informed by: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CPT), and Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT). She also utilizes Prolonged Exposure (PE) to help clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dr. Woolley has 19 years of experience providing a compassionate ear and guidance to clients. She welcomes individuals of all body sizes, abilities, races, sexualities, genders, religions and political values. She has provided services in a variety of settings including: Texas public schools, Southern Methodist University Counseling Center, University of San Diego Counseling Center, University of California San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services Center, and health clinics.
Dr. Woolley was raised in central Texas and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southwestern University and a master’s degree in school psychology from Trinity University. After practicing school psychology for several years, Dr. Woolley completed a doctoral degree in counseling psychology at Texas Woman’s University. She has presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) annual conference on a variety of topics related to college student mental health. She also served as the chair of the APA Division of Counseling Psychology Section on College and University Counseling Centers. Dr. Woolley was a contributor to the American Psychological Association Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women published in February 2019.
In her personal life, Dr. Woolley enjoys spending time with her family, giving her rescue pup belly rubs, and practicing yoga.