Interview with Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CSAT-S On Personal Journey of Recovery

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Check out our latest Interview with Lauren Dummit, Licensed Marriage, and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and Sex and Relationship Expert, on her Personal Journey of Recovery to a Career of Service and "Paying it Forward."
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Lauren is also the Co-founder and Clinical Director of Triune Therapy Group in Los Angeles, an outpatient treatment center, specializing in the holistic treatment of trauma and addiction and supporting healthy sexuality and relationships, with her partner, Dr. Kate Balestrieri.

Consumer Health Digest interviewed Lauren Dummit about her personal journey of recovery and how she has used her experience to help others and create a life of purpose and service.

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So, Lauren, How Did You Decide To Go Onto The Field of Mental Health?

Lauren
Lauren Dummit – Well, battling with anorexia at the age of 11 really shaped my life experience. I remember feeling so alone and filled with shame, like I was this “weirdo” and the only one who had ever experienced these struggles.

I really did not know anything about eating disorders at the time. I was completely in the dark. I just wished I had someone to talk to that could really understand.

I actually wrote letters to authors of books or magazine articles on eating disorders that I had read, but I never received a response.

I told myself that if I was ever able to recover, which I desperately wanted and prayed for every night, I would dedicate my life to helping others like me.

Fortunately, with the support of some amazing mentors and professionals, I was able to achieve recovery from my eating disorder after many years of immense pain and suffering.

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So, How Did That Lead to your Specialization in Trauma and Addiction?

Lauren
Lauren Dummit – Well, I wish I could say that my struggles ended with the recovery from my eating disorder, but unfortunately, that was not my story.

I went on to develop substance abuse and addiction issues and during the recovery process was forced to face my trauma history.

Walking through trauma was one of the most painful experiences of my life, but what I have learned is that pain is our greatest teacher. The insights and growth that I experienced on my path of healing were profound and life-altering.

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The things that I had once seen as the worst moments of my life became the turning points.

The realization that perhaps the reason I had gone through certain struggles was so that I could use my experience to help others filled me with the new sense of purpose.

To this day I feel so much passion for being able to guide others to heal and to spread awareness about mental health and addiction to the community. Today I have no regrets and truly feel grateful for every experience I have endured.

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So, You are Also a Sex Therapist, Correct? How Did You Emerge from Trauma and Addiction to Sex Therapy?

Lauren
Lauren Dummit – Ultimately, underlying all addictions is an intimacy disorder. So, working with people around intimacy issues in relationships is a key part of their holistic recovery.

As I have had the fortunate opportunity of working with so many people healing their trauma, moving from being paralyzed by their symptoms, from surviving, to actually thriving and creating robust lives, I have delighted in supporting them in reclaiming their full potential, developing healthy and filling relationships and sex lives.

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So, Other Than Providing Psychotherapy and Directing your Treatment Center, Triune Therapy Group, How Do You Go About Spread Awareness About These Issues?

Lauren
Lauren Dummit – As the cohost of the popular radio show, Behind Closed Doors with Dr. Kate and Lauren, which airs every Saturday on 790 KABC, we get to address a myriad of issues, such as sex and relationships, trauma and addiction, mental health, and current events in the media.

One can also subscribe to our podcast at triunetherapy. Between my business partner, Dr. Kate Balestrieri, and I we are also currently authoring and co-authoring about eight books, which are planned to be released in the coming year.

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We are both educators at heart and do a great deal of public speaking, teaching, and writing articles for publications, like Consumer Health Digest.

Radio and media provide an opportunity to reach a broader community and allows us to educate the general public.

Considering all of the recent events that have emerged in the media, such as the tragic and senseless shooting in Thousand Oaks, awareness about the issue of mental health is more critical than ever.

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So, What is Next for You? 

Lauren
Lauren Dummit – Other than continuing the work and projects I am currently involved in, my business partner and I hope to develop our own television program so that we can persist in our endeavors to contribute to being part of the solution and provide strong female role models and to empower other women of all ages to live in their authentic truth and attain fulfilling lives.

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We are also in the midst of collaborating with other strong female voices on several different projects to empower women and create a more equitable and just world.

“Always be on the look out for the presence of wonder.”
By E.B.White.

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This Article Has Been Published on November 14, 2018 and Last Modified on November 15, 2018

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