Lauren Hoffman, Psy.D., LCP
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who joined Mindful Treatments in the fall of 2016. Although I grew up in Richmond, I spent most of the last decade in Chicago where I studied and trained for my doctorate in clinical psychology at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology. I have acquired a broad clinical skill-set through working in a diversity of treatment settings including schools, hospitals, community mental health centers, eating disorder centers, and primary care offices. I was privileged to be part of an initiative to bring psychotherapy and consultation to general practitioners' offices as a Health Psychologist, and believe physical and mental health are inextricable. I have also served in the role of Clinical Manager at Eating Recovery Center's Chicagoland facilities, where I oversaw and provided programming for adults and adolescents with mood, anxiety, and eating disorders.
While I consider myself a generalist, my areas of expertise include eating disorders (including Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia), non-suicidal self-injury, anxiety, depression, adolescent issues, women's issues, and health psychology. I have a certification in Maternal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International. I also specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am passionate about teaching mindfulness and providing clients the tools to improve their overall well-being, whether they are struggling with a mental health issue or a challenging life transition. I aim to create a very authentic experience with clients, and invite them to challenge themselves in the context of a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. It is important that my clients see the therapy work as collaborative, and I strongly encourage self-compassion during the change process.
I enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, going camping, skiing, and singing with my former Chicago a cappella group. I also cherish quiet evenings at home with my husband, our toddler, and two cats.