Lauren Costine, PhD

Adjunct Faculty
MA in Psychology


(310) 578-1080 ext. 308

PhD in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
MA in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University Los Angeles
BA in Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

Lauren Costine, PhD, Psych. Asst. has dedicated herself to the field of LGBT-Affirmative theory and in her practice as a psychologist, educator, and activist in the LGBT Community.  She received her MA in Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles in 2001 and her PhD in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2007; her dissertation focused on the role of the repression of the sacred feminine in the heteronormative society and how it affects female sexuality at it relates to the creation of consciousness. She has played an important role in the development and management of the LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology, the first such program of its kind in the country, as an Associate Faculty member and instructor in the Masters in Psychology program. Besides guiding the development and implementation of the ground-breaking affirmative curriculum as an association and as a member of the “LGBT Specialization Founders,” she has helped to produce a variety of grassroots psychological cultural events aimed to promulgate LGBT affirmative psychological ideas in an accessible way through performances at Highways, the creation of the “Clothesline Project” and the conception of events at Antioch itself, such as the DeadLee Gay Latino Hip Hop show, the Trans Teach In and the Sapphic Salon. She has taught such courses as Lesbian Liberation: Finding it through Identity, Love, and Sexuality; LGBT Community Action and Independent Studies; Intimate Partner Abuse, Domestic Violence, and LGBTQ Oppression and Empowerment; Bisexuality: A Sexual Orientation; Process I: Beginning Therapeutic Techniques, and Society and the Individual.

Lauren also has a private practice as a psychological assistant with offices in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, which focuses on LGBT-affirmative, depth psychological, psychodynamic, and family systems modalities. Before her work at Antioch, she was the Family Counselor at Exodus Recovery Center for many years focusing on addiction solutions within the family and how to treat co-occuring disorders and substance abuse patients. She has also presented at the APA Convention in the LGBT division (44) and LAGPA (Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association) in 2007 and The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Women’s Health Conference, “Mind, Body and Soul,” in 2008.

  • Process I: Beginning Therapeutic Techniques
  • Society and the Individual
  • LGBT Community Action and Independent Studies
  • Intimate Partner Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • LGBTQ Oppression and Empowerment
  • Bisexuality: A Sexual Orientation
  • Lesbian Liberation: Finding it through Identity, Love, and Sexuality