Lena Dicken, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

From a young age Dr. Lena Dicken has been passionate about helping others grow and live more enriching lives. Her family’s holistic lifestyle and meditation practice led her to an early career as a yoga and meditation instructor in the early 2000's. She taught for several years in the US, Hawaii, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Seeking a deeper understanding of the mind and body she studied Psychology at The University of Maryland and later Integrative Medicine at The University of Hawaii. In 2009 she moved to California to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and later completed a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Lena has been seeing clients in private practice

since 2012.


Lena is also the founder of Saltwater Sessions, a program based off her doctoral dissertation which combines surfing, mindfulness, and positive reappraisal. Lena’s work has been featured in GOOP, The Chalkboard Magazine, as well as numerous articles and podcasts. She has been a speaker at the Recovery 2.0 conference along with Johann Hari and Dr. Gabor Mate,

among others. In addition to working in private practice Lena also runs ecotherapy retreats in Hawaii and Mexico. Lena's doctoral research focused on how self compassion, nature and awe experiences positively affect wellbeing. 

During her graduate training Lena worked in a variety of agency settings including Beit T’Shuvah in Culver City, CLARE Foundation, and Conscious Recovery in Santa Monica.In 2016 she completed a rigorous two year Pre and Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy. Lena is currently licensed as a psychologist with the state of California and works in private practice in Santa Monica (PSY31107). You can find Lena spending time with her husband and daughter, perusing local farmers markets, or surfing second point in Malibu in her imaginary free time.

Dr. Lena Dicken brings a unique blend of compassion, intuition, and humor, while maintaining clear professional boundaries. She's passionate about helping her clients develop strong emotional communication skills, and works with people experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. She specializes in an eclectic approach combining Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness based therapies, which have shown to be effective in helping people make significant improvements in their well-being. She strives to cultivate a comfortable atmosphere so that her clients can express themselves freely and openly. She is active and supportive in her work to help people overcome barriers in their lives. Working from a holistic perspective, she strives to understand the whole person and not only the symptoms.



185 Pier Avenue

Santa Monica, CA


*Dr. Dicken is currently seeing all clients virtually during the Safer at Home order. Please reach out via e-mail to discuss availability.

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