Lauren O’Flaherty, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with a variety of experience including both outpatient and inpatient treatment. She has worked in hospitals, community mental health, and correctional settings. Professionally, Dr. O’Flaherty is driven to help individuals identify values, recognize and change thought patterns, and integrate emotions. Moreover, she believes people discover their best selves through overall wellness habits, including not only psychotherapy, but also through movement, nutrition, and mindfulness practices. She loves collaborating to come up with creative solutions for challenging situations—with the end goal of helping individuals get what they really want out of life. She specializes in treating anxiety disorders, depression/mood imbalances, interpersonal communication/relationship issues, grief/loss, body image/health habits and self-esteem.
Dr. O’Flaherty was born in England and raised in Orange County, California, where she attended the University of California, Irvine and obtained a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology, Law and Society. She attended graduate school in Denver, Colorado at the University of Denver, first obtaining a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology and subsequently, a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on behavioral treatment (CBT/DBT/ACT) and psychological assessment. She completed her predoctoral internship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in New York City and her postdoctoral training at Manhattan Psychiatric Center. Prior to transitioning to a primary care setting, she returned to Bellevue, where she worked with justice involved and underserved individuals, and provided training to psychology students through the Psychiatry Department at NYU School of Medicine. Additionally, she is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner with training in nutrition and health coaching.
Dr. O’Flaherty lives in the “Sunshine City” of St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, and enjoys exploring the city’s art museums, trying different fitness studios, discovering great restaurants, and taking her dog on beach runs on weekends. She also enjoys hiking, travel, reading, decorating, learning new things, and spending time with friends and family.