Lauren Hoffman
Executive Director/Founder

Lauren Hoffman formed HWC out of a desire to bring her knowledge and training from multiple disciplines into a more integrative practice. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, a registered yoga teacher (200-hour) and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider, and also has extensive training and certifications in Perinatal Mental Health and the treatment of Eating Disorders.

Dr. Hoffman received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2012. She has since worked in schools, community mental health, inpatient hospitals, outpatient programs, primary care offices, and private practice. Her passion lies in helping people live meaningful lives with openness, awareness, and compassion, guided by what is uniquely important to them. Using a nonjudgmental stance, Dr. Hoffman focuses on helping people get gently curious about their inner world and then changing unwanted or unhelpful behavioral patterns in order to build a life worth living. Dr. Hoffman works under the assumption that a person's level of wellness depends on a variety of factors, nobody's brain is "broken," and everyone is doing the best they can (AND often, we can do "better"). She promotes lifestyle interventions as the first line of treatment, and utilizes evidenced-based approaches guided by contemplative traditions and philosophies of body-mind integration. Below is a list of topics she has presented on in the past:

  • Mindfulness: How to implement a personal practice, How to manage difficult thoughts and emotions, Benefits of Mindfulness
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Letting Go/Acceptance/Eastern Philosophies on Impermanence
  • Women's Health/Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders/Navigating Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
  • Bridging the gap in medical care: How to integrate physical and mental health
  • Eating Disorders/Eating Issues, Family Based Treatment
  • Guidelines for Living Well
  • The Effects of Stress and Stress Management
  • Values Identification and Clarification
  • Improving Parent-Adolescent Relationship Dynamics and Adolescent Issues
  • Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy to address self-injurious behavior
  • More....just ask!