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Lauren Adsem


Lauren joined the addiction recovery world over a decade ago. In those years she's developed a keen sense of how substance overuse impacts people's lives as well as the life of those around them. Lauren believes strongly in healing the system as a whole—providing therapy for individuals, couples and families. She knows that both the person struggling with substance overuse and their loved ones experience shame, deep isolation, confusion, and hopelessness.

Lauren sees many clients come to therapy when their life feels out of alignment or after losing track of what matters most. She brings a warm, grounded energy to therapy, helps people become reacquainted with their unedited thoughts and feelings and creates a space where you can hear your voice clearly and truly understand your needs. She will help you design a path that feels right for you and develop tangible steps to get you there.

Lauren is especially skilled at helping people explore relationship disconnection and dissatisfaction, questioning of a chosen life path as well as overt mental health symptoms. When people address the root causes of this disconnection and dissatisfaction in life, she finds the substance overuse naturally loses its appeal. Some of her clients will choose complete abstinence as a way to maximize life satisfaction. Lauren is mindful to follow her clients’ lead while providing reality-based feedback as a way to help them move toward their best life.

Lauren is a true guide in the therapy room. People that have worked with her say they feel like they were finally able to take the deep breath they had been needing to take for a long time.


People Who inspire her work:

  • Alfred Adler (goal orientation, birth order, family constellations)
  • Irvin Yalom (group psychotherapy)
  • Joan Didion & Mary Oliver (words & emotion)
  • John Bowlby / Mary Ainsworth (attachment theory)
  • Leon Festinger (social dissonance and comparison)
  • Murray Bowen (family systems)

Things Lauren Loves to do:

  • Enjoying time spent with my partner and 3 kids 
  • Winter weekends at the ski hills
  • Spring and summertime with the swim team and football fields
  • Quiet creativity and learning – cooking, painting, knitting, writing, and reading
  • Fierce proponent of having a book, a project, and a cup of tea
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