Dr. Lara Dye is a psychologist in Austin, Texas who earned a master’s and doctoral degree in psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (Palo Alto University) in Palo Alto, California. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Dr. Dye has completed extensive post-graduate training in love and sex addiction from the Meadows in Arizona (Pia Mellody) and is completing certification (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Her work with clients is benefitted by her connections and association with mental health professionals who are world-renowned experts in addiction and trauma.

Dr. Dye has trained/interned in a variety of settings, including a community mental health clinic, a major hospital in San Francisco, to a mobile mental health crisis unit. One of her pre-doctoral practices was spent at Stanford University’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. She has over 18 years of experience treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. She has extensive experience working with couples, groups, and individuals always on a confidential basis.

Over the past decade, Dr. Dye has focused on treating folks with childhood relational trauma that ultimately result in substance and/or process addiction. She has an excellent understanding as to how particular childhood traumas cause the human to grow destructive defense mechanisms. Those defenses, while originally a solution to the pain of the childhood situation, ultimately decrease healthy adult relationships.

Dr. Lara Dye trained in many northern California agencies specializing in child, adolescent, and family therapy, including:

  • Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford/Day Treatment, Palo Alto, CA
  • California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  • La Familia Counseling Center, Hayward, CA.
  • San Francisco Child Crisis, San Francisco, CA

During her internships, she worked with early childhood trauma, family conflict and the resulting developmental problems, and relationship difficulties that are caused by childhood environments that are chaotic, verbally, emotionally, physically, and/or sexually abusive.

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