Lauren O'Connell, LMFT

I’m Lauren,

a therapist who works with highly sensitive, creative people who are interested in improving their relationships to career, self and others.
My passion for working with art and artists evolved naturally over my last ten years working as a Therapist in Los Angeles. It makes sense considering my own background in the arts, as a painter and cartoonist, to reach out and work with the art community. I get the lifestyle, emotions and personalities that are part of living life as a creative person.
My training as a psychoanalytically informed psychotherapist and my love for art and artists helps me bring a depth of understanding to what you’re going through as a creative person in today’s monetized world. I can help you build the bridge from your experiences to your artistic expression to where you are right now emotionally. I understand the existential pressure that comes from both inner and outer forces as a creative. I understand how entangled your art is with your identity, friends and relationships. I want you to get the best out of all of it.

So, here’s the truth: My clients amaze me.

They’ve allowed me to witness as they walk through terrifying and incredible things in both their inner and outer lives: Seeing people accomplish things they never believed  possible, made me believe I could accomplish more. 

Holding space for people as they experienced impossible losses, and kept going, has made me more able to hold my own losses and continue to be awed by the healing that comes through creativity. I’ve watched as people learn to feel able to move through the world with freedom and authenticity and I want that for you.

Seeing people learn how to have relationships, and communicate with their partners has inspired me to grow in my relationships and inspired me to reach out and lift up others.

Sitting with your blocks, fears, and hopelessness, we can make the unknowable, knowable.

Now, when they fall, it doesn’t take as long to get back up.  

I believe that this sort of deep, lasting change is possible for you, too.  



M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, The Chicago School Of Professional Psychology, Westwood Campus.

M.F.A, The Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, Vermont.

B.F.A., Painting and video art, Mills College, Oakland, California.

Clinical Training and Experience

MFT Intern in private practice, Supervised by Dr.Steven Isaacman, established psychoanalyst, LAISPS member and professor.

The Maple Counseling Center, MFT Intern. Beverly Hills, CA. Training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults and experience working with adolescents and groups at Beverly Hills High School.

Outreach Concern, MFT Intern, Counseled individual adolescents at Notre Dame Academy.

The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Trainee in Practicum and MFT Intern. Los Angeles Ca.


Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC #77515)

Graduate, Infant, Early Child and Parent Psychotherapy (2013-2015) at The Los Angeles Institute & Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS)

Certificate, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, A Pluralistic Approach at The Los Angeles Institute & Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS)

Certificate, Treatment Of Sexual Disorders, State of California, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

 I am interested in Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic thought and have furthered my knowledge my post graduate hours doing further learning and training. 


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