Lauren DiMaggio, LMFT

About Me

Lauren specializes in ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Anxiety and Parenting Support in children and teens ages 3 and up. 


In her more than a decade of work with children and teens, Lauren has learned that every child is different. This phrase seems simple, but it can mean a world of difference when considering working with or parenting children with behavioral or intellectual disorders (e.g. IDD, ADHD, Autism). Lauren specializes in helping children learn how to properly manage their frustrations, better communicate and work with their uniqueness towards individualized goals. Lauren also enjoys helping children and teenagers experiencing anxiety and depression by providing a safe space for self-exploration.


Lauren is one of three therapists in Houston that is certified in AutPlay Therapy. This program is a play-based behavioral program helping children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders with emotional regulation, social skills, and connecting with others. Autplay sees parents as co-agents to change to help the child transfer the skills learned in therapy into the outside world. AutPlay Therapy is appropriate for children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 on the autism spectrum, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dysregulation issues, neurodevelopmental disorders, and developmental disabilities. 


In all of these cases, Lauren believes working with the parents and the family as a unit is essential to progress. She understands how overwhelming being a parent can be. Lauren works with parents by providing education and behavioral interventions, while also leaving time to have an empathic conversation about what it's like being a parent. Furthermore, Lauren works hard to stay up-to-date on current research and psychological trends to best help the families she serves.

During her free time, Lauren enjoys training her puppy, Jasper. You can also find her either listening to music and tap dancing everywhere she goes. 


B.A. Psychology, UC Santa Cruz
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University


Licenses & Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified in Crisis Prevention Institution
Certified in ProACT Crisis Prevention 

Certified AutPlay Provider

RPT (Registered Play Therapist), In Supervision

Additional Training
Seeking Safety: EBT for Substance Use and PTSD
MindUp: EBT for CBT and Mindfulness


Address: 14780 Memorial Drive Suite 202

 Houston, Texas 77079

Tel:  832-303-8933

Fax:  832-383-3817

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