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Lauren Cruz, PsyD

Postdoctoral Resident

[ she/her ]

What do you most look forward to about the work you do?

Forming connections with children and families, and seeing the uniqueness, strengths, and challenges within each child and family!

What do you most value about the work you do?

Witnessing each child and family's journey, and helping them find hope.

What is something clients might never guess about you?

I'm a huge NFL fan. Go Niners!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A marine biologist doing marine animal rescue. I've always loved animals and the ocean!

Hi there! I'm a post-doctoral resident at CCAC and am so excited to join the team! I graduated with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver in August 2023. I have training experiences in a variety of settings including forensic assessment, outpatient behavioral health clinics (children, adolescents, families, and couples), emergency rooms providing risk assessments, and Children's Hospital, Colorado on the pain service.

I love working with children and families, and helping them find hope and a path forward in the chaos of life. My primary specialties include working with children with medical complexities, behavioral difficulties and aggressive behaviors in children, parent training and parent-child therapy, infant and early childhood mental health, and couples therapy. In addition, I have experience in child and adolescent assessments, childhood trauma, anxiety, grief and loss, and neurodevelopmental disorders. I approach therapy as a collaborative process with the client(s), and greatly enjoy consulting with other professionals (i.e. teachers, doctors, etc.) to achieve the best care possible for children and families.

On a personal note, I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to Northern California for college. I then moved to Colorado for graduate school and fell in love with everything about this state! On weekends, you're most likely to find my partner and I on a hike or at the dog park with our pups, Gryffindor (Gryff for short) and Louie. During football season, my Sundays are spent tracking my fantasy football players and cheering on the 49ers!

Clinical Specialties

  • Child and adolescent psychotherapy
  • Pediatric medical complexity
  • Aggressive behaviors in children
  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Couples and families

Relevant Training

  • Risk assessment in hospital settings
  • Pediatric pain and medical complexity
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Parent training
  • Child and adolescent assessment
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy


  • BA, Psychology - UC Santa Cruz
  • MA, Clinical Psychology - University of Denver
  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology - University of Denver

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