Lauren Pasqua, PsyD
Founder & Executive Director
How I Got Here
I have wanted to be a psychologist since reading a book for teen girls during a turbulent year of middle school. Lending a sympathetic ear came naturally to me even in childhood. Hearing the struggles of my friends only increased my interest in people and relationships. As a natural peacemaker, I could often be found scolding my parents for arguing.
Right after college I entered a graduate program in Atlanta and worked to get my doctorate in clinical psychology. I already knew I wanted to focus my training on children and families. My mom has always said that I’m like the “Pied Piper” when it comes to kids. They always seem to seek me out and follow me wherever I am, and the appreciation is mutual.
Along the way, I found a niche in working with young children and kids with developmental issues. I am passionate about working with children and families, especially our community’s youngest members. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are my heart and where I have focused much of my career.
Working with Families
I have seen firsthand the power of relationships in both healing and harming. My approach focuses on strengthening communication and feelings of safety and security within families. I believe that families are doing the best they can with what they have, and have many strengths that can be built upon. My role as a therapist is a partner helping to make goals and a plan to reach them.
I try to help families see what is going well and where they would like to see change. I help parents learn new ways to manage difficult behaviors and support development. My ultimate goal is to help parents better understand and relate to their child and each other.
Training & Credentials
Outside the Office
Being both a New Orleans native and from an Italian-Creole family, food is a major interest. I love to cook and am frequently inspired to throw together some ingredients and hope that my concoction is a success! There is nothing I like more than preparing a meal for my loved ones and sharing stories around the table, over a nice glass of wine.
My relationships with family and friends are hugely important to me and I see them whenever I have a chance. During my training, I was lucky to live in sunny Southern California, but I’m thrilled to be back home in the South. I love warm summer days relaxing by the pool, grilling out on the patio, and hanging at the lake. Right now, I’m loving the joy and challenges of motherhood and marriage. Raising three young children while balancing a career takes work, but both roles are so fulfilling.
I accept the following insurance: