Lauren O’Flaherty, Psy.D. is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist with a variety of experience including both outpatient and inpatient treatment. She has worked in hospitals, community mental health, correctional settings, and student clinics. Professionally, Dr. O’Flaherty is driven to help individuals identify values, recognize and change thought patterns, and integrate emotions with thoughts and behavior. Moreover, she believes people discover their best selves through overall wellness habits, including not only psychotherapy, but also through movement, nutrition, and mindfulness. She loves getting to know people and working to collaboratively come up with creative solutions to challenging situations—with the end goal of helping individuals get what they want out of life.
Dr. O’Flaherty was born in England and raised in sunny Orange County, California, where she attended the University of California, Irvine and obtained a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior as well as Criminology, Law and Society. The mountains of Denver, Colorado brought her to graduate school 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 Therapies (CBT/DBT/ACT). She gave up nature for the excitement of New York City, completing her predoctoral internship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital. After completing her postdoctoral hours at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, she returned to Bellevue, where she worked with justice involved and underserved individuals, and was a part of the training of 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 Manhattan with her husband and enjoys exploring the city’s museums, trying new fitness studios, discovering great restaurants, and taking her puppy to the dog park on weekends. She also enjoys running, hiking, travel, reading, taking classes, and spending time with loved ones.