Meet Dr. Lauren Pichard

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Dr. Lauren Pichard

Clinical Experience

Dr. Lauren Pichard is the creator of Ascension Psychology, a unique psychological approach that blends traditional psychology with spiritual concepts and energy healing. Ascension Psychology was designed from Dr. Pichard’s extensive experience working with both patients and on her own self empowerment journey. She has integrated methods that she has found to be the most effective in lasting change, that is she works on healing the conscious, unconscious, physical and spiritual levels that are contributing to your psychological discomfort.

Dr. Lauren Pichard is an integrative psychologist providing interventions for people with addiction, anxiety, complex pain, depression, dual diagnosis, grief, parenting, trauma and more using experiential, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapies. Dr. Pichard has worked with addiction, dual diagnosis and addiction with complex pain for over 6 years including working at the world renowned Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA for 2 years. While at The Betty Ford Center, Dr. Pichard wrote and designed the Recovery at 50Plus Program, which was designed to meet the unique needs of a more mature adult entering into recovery. Dr. Pichard has over 15 years of experience working with child development, including providing interventions for children with developmental delays and other behavioral deficits using behavioral and family systems interventions. She has college level teaching experience for psychology and human services curriculum at both the bachelor’s and master’s level. She has over four years of supervision experience.

Projects

Dr. Pichard’s dissertation was “Understanding The Experience Of Military Service Members Who Became Disfigured In Operations Enduring Freedom and Operations Iraqi Freedom.” This project left Dr. Pichard with a deep understanding of the military lifestyle as well as the personal struggles of living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and coping with physical changes such as disfigurement and physical limitations.

Dr. Pichard has worked in close collaboration with Dr. Matthew Porter a professor of Alliant International University in his research project entitled “Strong Hearts.” This project conducted qualitative interviews in New York City and Brazil with people who contracted the Human Immunodeficiency Virus when the epidemic first began; when there was very little information about the virus and when people who were given the diagnosis were essentially facing death. Preliminary research findings from the research suggest a pattern of wisdom that people resolve their struggles through. This pattern is likely able to be universal for all psychological dilemmas.

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Personal Interests

Dr. Pichard has a 10 year old rescue dog, Rylee that she brought home when Rylee was 1. Rescuing Rylee has helped her bridge her knowledge of behavioral childhood interventions into behavioral interventions with animals. Dr. Pichard practices yoga and meditation for well-being and has an overall interest in the mind-body connection. She also enjoys time outdoors in physical activity such as hiking, gardening or relaxing with friends and finds that music and dance are essential for her personal joy. She enjoys spending as much time as she can with her family both in the San Diego area and on the east coast.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Pichard.