Lauren Taus graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2004 with a BA in Religion before continuing on to NYU for her Masters in Social Work. Lauren is licensed as a clinical therapist in both New York and California with a specialty in addiction and trauma treatment.
As a clinician, Lauren integrates alternative modalities of treatment into her work. She trained with David Emerson under the supervision of Bessel van der Kolk at The Trauma Institute in Boston in trauma sensitive yoga, and she’s trained by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for MDMA assisted psychotherapy for complex PTSD.
Lauren is actively working under the supervision of Dr. Phil Wolfson, author of The Ketamine Papers, to offer ketamine assisted psychotherapy to accelorate healing for individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety and trauma. Alongside her father Stephen D. Taus MD, Lauren supports psychedelic assisted therapy research with the intention to bring these types of interventions back into the Western maintream model.
Lauren teaches yoga and meditation classes in the Los Angeles area. She has facilitated teacher trainings and she offers immersive wellness experiences globally. In her work as a wellness provider, Lauren has been featured in Yoga Journal, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Health Magazine, USA Today, Self Magazine and more.
Lauren believes that individual and collective healing are intimately intertwined. As an activist and advocate for a safer world, she is dedicated to building bridges in the Middle East. She co-curated a delegation of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists to travel to Dharamsala and meet with the Dalai Lama to learn how to integrate non-violent approaches to conflict in the Holy Land. Lauren is a founding member of the Kosmic Kamels, a camp at Burning Man, comprised of individuals from countries in the Middle East whose passports preclude them from visiting one another’s homes. Camp members explore ways in which the 10 principles of Burning Man can be applied to conflict zones.
How I work with clients
My approach is individualized. I meet you where you are, and offer you an individualized treatment plan based on my education and trainings. My toolkit includes psychodynamic and insight oriented therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, internal family systems work, stress management, mindfulness, somatic techniques and ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP).
I strongly believe in the wisdom of the body, and I will work with you to create a kind, inner dialogue and a peaceful internal environment. Together, we will deepen the relationship that exists between mind and body so that they’re in supportive, collaboration.
When there’s interest, I integrate somatic therapy, therapeutic yoga and ketamine assisted psychotherapy in conjunction with talk therapy to help you tune in and process memories, experiences and emotions. These alternative interventions accelorate the transformational healing processes.
In everything that I do, my style is compassionate, warm, non-judgmental and direct. I’m full of energy, life, excitement and awe, but I am not afraid of the darkness. I offer safe space for you to explore your mind and breakthrough any barriers or traumas that are holding you back from living your highest expression.
I can’t wait to meet you.