W. Preston Lear, PsyD, LCSW, FIPA


Preston Lear, Psy.D., L.C.S.W., F.I.P.A., earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute, Berkeley, and a master’s in social work at New York University.  He is a psychoanalyst and member of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS) and Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association.  Dr. Lear has a background providing individual and family therapy in diverse settings including schools, community mental health, and residential treatment. He has been an adjunct professor at Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and he has taught and lectured at The Wright Institute Los Angeles, the Maple Counseling Center, and LAISPS.

Dr. Lear’s most recent paper, entitled “The Icarus Complex and the Trauma of Falling Forever,” is a chapter in the volume, Trauma and the Destructive-Transformative Struggle, published by Routledge.  Dr. Lear has a keen interest in the creative process, and he advocates for time spent playing in wild places: mountains, desert, and sea.  He is presently engaged in research pertaining to “reframing psychotherapy,” more specifically, the benefits of psychodynamic therapy coupled with outdoor activity.

Dr. Lear maintains a private practice in West Los Angeles where he works with adolescents and adults in the treatment of mood disorders, thought disorders, disordered eating, and trauma.  He provides individual and couples psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and consulting.