Behavioral Activation


Behavioral Activation (BA) is a core part of Cognitive Behavioral approach to the treatment of Depression. When people are depressed, they tend to feel that even day to day tasks are too tough to face. As a result, they may lose their motivation or interest in the things that they once loved. Over time, they become less active in their lives, and more and more driven by the desire to avoid discomfort. This often leads them to feel less capable and results in more avoidance.   

In BA, people gradually take on tasks that they once valued. By engaging in meaningful activities, people can begin to find a renewed sense of purpose, even if they still feel depressed. What’s more, these valued actions often lead to moments of joy. Over time, these moments improve mood and provide hope for the future.

Through BA, people may also learn that they have been overestimating how hard it will be to take action and underestimating the level of reward they will feel in the aftermath. This can be a motivating factor, supporting people in continuing to take steps to support their mental health. 


Are you or a loved one struggling with depression and looking for help? Lauren uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support Individuals with mental health concerns. You can learn more about the treatments and services she provides here.


Lauren is a licensed psychotherapist in

several states. Learn more about where

Lauren sees Clients, below.

Pastel skies and a pristine beach in Northern California, one of the areas where Lauren helps people with depression.


When she is offering face to face, Lauren does in-person therapy in Newport Beach. She also provides online treatment for depression throughout California. Her Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego.

The red rock spires of Bryce Canyon in Utah, one of the states where Lauren offers counseling for depression.


Lauren provides treatment for depression in the state of Utah. Since she provides teletherapy, she works with people who live in different areas of the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.

Clear turquoise waters in the Keys, one of the places where Lauren uses Behavioral Activation therapy in Florida.


Lauren also offers treatment for depression online in Florida, and sees people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, Lauren can provide specialized counseling remotely in your area.

The iconic red rock and lush greenery of Sedona, one part of Arizona where Lauren offers therapy for depression online.


Lauren also practices teletherapy in Arizona. If you’re seeking help in Phoenix, Sedona, Scottsdale or Tucson, Lauren offers specialized therapy for depression online across the Grand Canyon State.

The lavender fields of Provence, France, one international locale where  Lauren provides counseling for depression.


In addition to all of the locations previously listed, Lauren offers teletherapy for depression to a number of countries internationally.

Cozy couch and computer: all you need for teletherapy and what your treatment for depression with Lauren could look like.


Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy is appropriate for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.


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For more information about working with Lauren

call 310-824-5200 ext. 4 to speak with Client  

Coordinator Lisa O’Reilly at the 

OCD Center of Los Angeles

310-824-5200 ext. 17

1151 Dove St., Ste. 295
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is intended for informational and education purposes only and is not meant to be a replacement for therapy. If you are interested in treatment, you can email me and I will happily provide you with more information