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Lara Pence, PsyD, MBA

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Making the choice to enter into the therapy world isn't always easy. For some, the idea of becoming vulnerable and opening up to a stranger is scary and anxiety provoking. However, the long-term benefits of self-exploration, self-understanding, and self-acceptance are invaluable. Some clients enter therapy with a specific goal in mind or issue to address. Perhaps you have been referred by another clinician or identified a particular problem that needs attention. Therapy is a great place to target those issues and carefully evaluate them in a safe place. Other clients may enter therapy without a specific goal. That's fine too! I work to create a safe and comfortable environment that promotes openness and healing.

Individual Therapy - Individual therapy provides you with the opportunity to meet with me on a one on one basis and explore the complexities of your life in a safe space. I work diligently to identify your strengths, and explore ways to capitalize on these and create a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

Family and Couples Therapy - Family and couples therapy works to identify patterns in the family system that may be preventing its members from reaching their full potential. We are all creatures of habit, but at times our habits can become mildly dysfunctional or flat out destructive. I work with each family to help develop more effective patterns and create a sense of balance within the system.

Eating Disorder Specialty - I have garnered a unique expertise in the field of eating disorders, working in two of the nation's leading treatment facilities - The Renfrew Center and The Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children's Medical Center in Texas. I have experience in residential, inpatient, and outpatient settings where I was able to refine my skills and develop a wide array of tools to use in my own treatment of eating disorders. In addition, my work has traveled across all ages - as I have conducted therapy with adolescents, young adults, and adults alike. I work to identify how patients use their relationship with food to control life chaos, relationships, and seemingly difficult feelings.

Pre and Post-Partum Speciality - Beginning a family or adding a new member can be both exciting and nerve racking. All women have different experiences before, during, and after pregnancy. Sometimes there is a need for a little extra support during these intense times. I work with each woman to cultivate on her inner strength and wisdom to help her through whatever may be standing in the way of pure bliss.
I received my doctoral degree and MBA from Widener University in Philadelphia, PA. My training was mostly psychodynamic in nature with a strong emphasis on family systems. I acquired specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders while working as a primary therapist at The Renfrew Center, the nation's leader in eating disorder treatment. Additionally, I completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, TX, working at the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders. I have conducted presentations around the Dallas area, focusing on increasing awareness of eating disorder treatment and education. I was featured on Good Morning America discussing the struggles behind obsessive eating disorder behaviors.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Adolescents  Loneliness
 Anger Management  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Self Esteem Issues
 Couples Therapy  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Depression  Stress Management
 Divorce  Trauma and PTSD
 Eating Disorders  Women's Issues
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
 Group Therapy
 Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)  Licensed Clinical Psychologist (State)
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DallasTX 75206
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