Lauren  Becker

Lauren Becker

Psychologist, PsyD

Not accepting new clients in Jamaica Plain practice (updated May 06, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • Loss and grief
  • Life transitions
  • Perinatal and postpartum support
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • College and graduate school adjustment
  • Parenting and Step Parenting

Professional statement

Dr. Lauren Becker is a psychologist in Jamaica Plain with expertise in supporting clients struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues, transitions, low self esteem, trauma, college and graduate school adjustment, and parenting and step-parenting adjustment. Her style is honest and open, and she brings genuine care and compassion to help her clients navigate life's challenges.

Dr. Becker also provides neuropsychological assessments to identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses, learning styles, and emotional functioning, and to help diagnose learning challenges and autism spectrum disorders. Her practice is primarily psychodynamically oriented, and incorporates tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, and supportive therapy.

Dr. Becker believes that the best approach is holistic and evidence-based, and has pursued training in a variety of issues and therapy modalities. She works towards creating a warm and open space where her clients can be their authentic selves and find the light in dark situations.

Message to clients

I have expertise in the areas of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship and family struggles, challenging adjustments and life transitions, grief and trauma. Most of my clients begin therapy hoping to heal relationships, alleviate emotional pain, fix problematic behaviors and improve their overall life satisfaction. And yet, despite their hope for the future and courage to begin therapy, getting started can feel scary and anxiety provoking. I will do my very best to help you feel relaxed and at ease. It has been my experience that my clients ultimately enjoy the process of becoming healthier and more self-aware. My approach to therapy is individualized. I take special care to create treatment plans that are unique to each person. I believe that life’s challenges represent opportunities for growth and that we are all inherently capable of tackling our problems and creating fulfilling, meaningful lives. I love my job because I am I able to help others find the relief and change they are looking for.


Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Family issues - Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues

Loss and grief - Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one

Life transitions - Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care, navigating cultural transitions and bicultural issues

Perinatal and postpartum support - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Relationships - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating

Self-esteem - Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

College and graduate school adjustment - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Parenting and Step Parenting - Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children

General expertise


Lauren Becker is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)

Therapist's note

If you receive health insurance through another company (such as Aetna, Cigna, or Harvard Pilgrim) and would like to use it for therapy, please contact them directly to find out if you have “out-of-network mental health benefits." Many PPO and POS plans have "out-of-network" benefits that cover up to 100% percent of the cost of therapy. Payment is due at the time of the session and you will be provided with a monthly bill to submit to your insurance company, who will then send you a check directly for reimbursement.


Jamaica Plain practice

7 Harris Avenue

Boston, MA 02130

  • Mon 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2014 - Present

Interfaith Medical Center, Clinical Psychologist

McShane Center for Psychological Services, College Counseling

New York University RUSK Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Neuropsychological Evaluations

Upham's Corner Health Center, Clinical Psychologist

Maimonides Medical Center, Clinical Psychologist

Pace University, Psy. D.

Pace University, M.S. Ed.

Cornell University, BS in Human Development


  • English

Professional endorsements

David Katzenstein, LCSW-R

Dr. Becker is a top-notch psychologist who is warm, compassionate and engaging. Dr. Becker utilizes a myriad of eclectic modalities to tailor therapy for each client. Her dynamic and brilliant therapeutic acumen is matched by her sensitivity and care for those she helps. I highly recommend Dr. Becker as a therapist with the utmost confidence.

Alan Hilfer, PhD

Dr. Becker is an exceptional psychologist with a wide range of skills. She is well trained, intuitive and empathetic to a wide range of patient issues. She is a complete professional in her knowledge base as well as in her behavior with her patients. I give her my highest recommendation. Dr. Becker is an exceptionally gifted psychologist. It has been an honor to have worked with her and to have had a role in her training and career.

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