Lauren Costine, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist, educator, writer, instructor, and activist with an office in Beverly Hills. She received her MA in Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles in 2001 and her PhD in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2007. Her dissertation focused on the role of the repression of the sacred feminine in the heteronormative society and how it affects female sexuality as it relates to the creation of consciousness. Her focus is on addiction and codependence issues, co-occurring disorders, depth psychology, LGBT-Affirmative psychotherapy, lesbian-centered psychotherapy, psychodynamic and family systems modalities. She works with both individuals and couples.
She was the Family Counselor at Exodus Recovery Center (substance abuse recovery center) for over five years where she was actively involved in helping the patients and their families find direction and solutions, educating each on the realities of substance abuse and how to develop new coping skills, plus treatment planning and implementation for co-occurring disorders, substance abuse and process addiction issues.
Lauren is currently the Clinical Director for, and recently developed the curriculum for, the just launched LGBT-Affirmative track at BLVD Treatment Centers. "We are helping LGBT clients suffering from drug and alcohol addiction by giving one-on-one LGBT-Affirmative treatment."
At BLVD she is also Chair of the Clinical Subcommittee - heading a 3-person clinical team that reports to The Board of Directors. This team make sure that BLVD is held to the highest of clinical standards when helping people struggling with Drug and Alcohol Addiction.
As an Adjunct Faculty member in the Masters in Psychology program at Antioch University Los Angeles, Lauren played a pivotal role in the development and management of The LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology, one of the first such programs of its kind in the country, since its inception in 2006. She has taught such courses as LGBT History and Myth; LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy; Human Sexuality; Lesbian Liberation: Finding it through Identity, Love, and Sexuality, LGBT Community Action and Independent Studies; Process I: Beginning Therapeutic Techniques; Society and the Individual; and Women’s Spirituality: Lesbian; Women-Centered Reading of the Sumerian Myth–Descent of Inanna; and Erotic Transference and Countertransference.
Besides guiding the development and implementation of the ground-breaking affirmative curriculum she has helped produce a variety of grassroots psychological cultural events aimed to promulgate LGBT-Affirmative psychological ideas for the community in an accessible way through various mediums, such as multiple events at Highways Performance Space and Gallery, the “Clothesline Project,” several book readings on campus and at A Different Light Bookstore, The Trans Teach In, The LGBT-Umoja 5-part series, The Sapphic Salon, and The LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy Conference co-sponsored with LAGPA. She has also presented workshops at such Conferences as American Psychological Association (2007, 2010), Los Angeles County Psychology Association (2010), Lesbian and Gay Psychology Association (2007, 2010, 2012), the Gay and Lesbian Center’s Lesbian Health Conference (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), and Lesbian Plus 50 Organization (2011); The Writer’s Guild Association (2011); The Canyon Outpatient Services at Santa Monica (2012).