Dr. Lawrence Allison

About Dr. Allison

Dr. Lawrence AllisonPsychotherapy is a collaborative process. I have had the privilege of collaborating with many different individuals from various walks of life. My work as a psychologist has been an enlightening journey that has allowed me to help others and enrich my own life in the process. Below is a detailed description of my experience, perhaps more than you want to know. If you have any personal questions about my expertise or approach, please feel free to call me.


I have been in private practice in Newport Beach for the past ten years, offering individual and couples psychotherapy to adults. My areas of expertise include treatment for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, couples therapy, ADHD, substance abuse, grief, anger and stress management. I also provide consultation to hospital organizations and physicians in the areas of stress and anger management and effective communication skills.

Clinical Experience

Prior to my private practice, I served as Director of Training and Staff Psychologist at the Claremont Colleges Counseling Center, where I directed the pre-doctoral internship program for budding psychologists and supervised the therapy practice of interns. In addition, as Staff Psychologist, I provided individuals, couples and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, psychological assessment, and outreach programming to students, faculty and staff. I also taught advanced continuing education courses for mental health professionals in such areas as drug abuse treatment, ADHD and learning disabilities.

Other professional experience has included working as a staff psychologist in a community mental health center associated with a large hospital in Ottumwa, IA. In addition to providing psychotherapy to adults, I served as a consultant to various hospital departments such as Family Recovery Center (chemical dependency) and Aging Right (older adult issues) and the community’s Crisis Center.

At the University of Virginia, I served as the Assistant Director of the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center. In this position, I oversaw the day-to-day operations of the center, supervised a staff of ten employees, and was responsible for psychological and learning support services for university students with emotional or learning disabilities.

At the American University, I developed and coordinated the Stress Management Program for students, staff, and faculty. At this time, I also conducted stress management seminars for federal employees at the Department of Health and Human Services and United States Information Agency.

Research Experience

In the area of research, I worked as a Research Associate at the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland investigating the efficacy of certain psychological assessments. I also worked as a Research Associate at the Five Acres Boys and Girls Aid Society in Alta Dena, California.

Publications and Presentations

  • Thought Suppression and Smoking Relapse: British Journal of Clinical Psychology: (1994) 33, 327-331, Hagga, D. and Allison, M. L.
  • School Adjustment Problems of Abused and Neglected Children: Presentation at. Western Psychological Association: (1986), Shennum W. and Allison M. L.


I obtained my Ph.D. In Clinical Psychology, and my M.A. in Psychology, from American University, Washington D.C., a fully accredited program by the American Psychological Association. I received my B. A. in Psychology (with Highest Distinction honors) from California State University of Long Beach. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Virginia Counseling Center.