Lauren  Woolley

Lauren Woolley


Psychologist, PhD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Waitlist Online
San Diego Accepting In-person

If you don't see a consultation time on my calendar that matches your schedule, please send me a message with your availability and I'll do my best to find a time that works for both of us. Thank you!

Updated February 14, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Panic attacks / panic disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress management

Professional statement

Dr. Lauren Woolley is a psychologist located in San Diego, CA. Dr. Woolley provides support to individuals who feel overwhelmed by the amount of stress in their lives. Many of Dr. Woolley’s clients are fatigued women who are trying to be the perfect partner, mother, employee, and still find time for themselves. This fatigue may manifest in feeling anxious, panicked, disconnected, or depressed. Dr. Woolley works with individuals by finding ways to decrease the stress load and feel more peaceful in their daily lives. Dr. Woolley offers both in person and video sessions. Her office is located in the convenient heart of Old Town with plenty of free parking and easy access to the transit center.

Dr. Woolley’s approach includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), therapy styles which help clients develop skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively, clarify what is truly important to them, and take steps towards a rich and meaningful life. Dr. Woolley helps clients identify their coping skills and teaches additional ways to practice relaxation. She also utilizes elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in her sessions, which emphasizes the importance of thought’s role in mood and actions.

Dr. Woolley earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Her dedication to acceptance and creating a safe environment for clients promotes vulnerability, which helps drive clients towards their mental health goals.

Message to clients

I know it can feel vulnerable to reach out to a psychologist. I am so glad you took this step towards caring for yourself. At some point in our lives, we all need support to get through a challenging time. My goal is to learn what matters to you and help you move towards it.

Therapy is a bit like rafting. I will get in the boat with you, but I need you to paddle too. Therapy is most effective when we are equally invested in moving towards your goal (and we can find some grace and humor along the way!) I focus on helping you find effective tools to address obstacles and gain clarity when you get stuck. My hope is to help you navigate challenges, change unhelpful patterns and move towards peace in your life. You don't have to do this alone.

Please contact me to learn if we might be a good fit. I look forward to connecting with you!


Panic attacks / panic disorder - Brief, intense periods of overwhelming fear or anxiety

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Social anxiety - Helping clients increase confidence and ability to interact with others amidst fear of being judged, worry about embarrassment, or concern about offending others

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


  • Lyra Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $185 (50min)
  • Initial session: $210 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:45am-4:30pm
  • Tue 8:45am-4:30pm
  • Wed 8:45am-4:30pm
  • Thu 8:45am-4:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

San Diego practice
3990 Old Town Avenue, 106 C, San Diego, California 92110
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:45 am-4:30pm
  • Tue 8:45 am-4:30pm
  • Wed 8:45 am-4:30pm
  • Thu 8:45 am-4:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

Collaborative Psychological Services, Psychologist, 2017 - Present
Hillcrest Psychological Associates, Psychologist, 2018 - 2021
San Diego Family Care, Psychologist, 2015 - 2018
University of San Diego Counseling Center, Sr. Staff Psychologist, 2010 - 2015
University of California San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009 - 2010
University of San Diego Counseling Center, Predoctoral Intern, 2008 - 2009
Dallas County Schools, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, 2005 - 2008
Denton ISD, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, 2003 - 2005
Northside ISD, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, 2000 - 2003

Texas Woman's University, PhD in Counseling Psychology, 2009
Texas Woman's Univeristy, MA in Counseling Psychology, 2007
Trinity University, MA in School Psychology, 1999


California: 23740