Meet The Team
Lauren Wolff, LMFT
Executive Clinical Director, LGBT+ Program Track Director
LGBT+ Program Track Director, Lauren Wolff brings 15 years of experience working in residential and outpatient treatment as a passionate psychotherapist for individuals seeking spiritual and psychological recovery. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), she received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in California.
Wolff began her career at LA Shanti in West Hollywood, working with LGBTQ individuals challenged by mental health, addiction, and physical health concerns associated with HIV/AIDS diagnostics. She later joined a research team at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute focused on the effects of cognitive remediation in clients with newly diagnosed schizophrenia.
Prior to joining the Awakenings Treatment Center team, Wolff worked in dual diagnosis residential care as a director and clinician for more than a decade. She specializes in trauma and grief work with those challenged by PTSD, addiction, unresolved grief, and shame.
With her intensive background in treating the LGBT+ community and those navigating gender issues and transition, Wolff heads up a track at Awakenings Treatment Center that specifically targets the unique care treatment needs within the LGBT+ community.
Throughout her 15-year career as a therapist in residential and outpatient facilities, Wolff has focused much attention on the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. And as a member of the LGBT+ community, she adds another layer to navigate from. Wolff firmly believes that support and unrelenting acceptance are critical to the healing of trauma, addiction, and self-harm behaviors.
The Awakenings Treatment Center LGBT+ track treatment focuses on a wide variety of topics related to sexuality and gender, including processing social pressures and social norms, safety in society, bullying, transitioning, body image, hormone therapies, sexuality, gender expression. The program also addresses healing trauma and grief, educating family and friends, the challenges of parenting. Additionally, Wolff focuses on mental health, self-esteem, as well as coping strategies while identifying and addressing behavior patterns, such as self-medication, escapism, and isolation.
In recovery herself, Wolff is passionate about walking with others as they navigate their path toward healing.