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Anxiety & Health Psychology of Orange County

Hello & Welcome!

If you’re ready to move forward and address the challenge that prompted your search, I invite you in for a free, initial consultation. I hope the information below about my practice, services, and professional credentials will help you decide if your specific goal and my professional expertise are a good match – otherwise, I can provide a referral.

My Background

Dr. Laurel Sugden

I received my Doctor of Psychology degree from Pepperdine University (1996), as well as a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (1992) and enjoy working with, adults, couples, and teens. I was fortunate to receive extensive training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy during my doctoral studies, APA approved Internship, and Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

My clinical, research, and special interests have been associated with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Anxiety/Stress Management, allowing me to offer cutting-edge Anxiety treatment. As a doctoral candidate, I was honored to be selected by Joseph Wolpe, M.D. (“Father of Behavior Therapy”), for a three-year individual clinical mentorship in the Anxiety Disorders, and was also mentored by David N. Elkins, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus, Pepperdine University, Saybrook Institute). In addition, I have been recognized for my clinical and leadership contributions to the profession. For specifics, see curriculum vitae or LinkedIn.

I also offer consultation and clinical supervision to psychotherapists, healthcare providers, and organizations which have included “Staying United”, IDS, Inc., The County of Orange, and the entertainment industry.

About My Practice

As a licensed Clinical and Health Psychologist specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness, my areas of expertise are:

Anxiety & Stress 


Health Psychology


Relationship Stress


As a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist, I work collaboratively with my clients to address their challenges pragmatically, in the here-and-now, and usually within a short time frame. Clients include professionals, students, business executives, entrepreneurs, creatives, therapists, couples, and retirees.

Experience the benefit of cutting-edge CBT treatment in a genuinely caring environment.