Today's Guest


Lauren W. Rich

Lauren Rich

Lauren Rich is married to a combat vet and worked as a Combat Trauma/PTSD Psychotherapist with the VA for 7 years. If you're like most vets, you've made your rounds through several therapists. They've either dismissed the challenges you're facing altogether, or convinced you to cover up your trauma with pills. Nothing has worked…

While working as a Combat Trauma/PTSD Psychotherapist with the VA Lauren sadly observed first-hand that most vets were not receiving the help they actually needed. Frustrated with the bureaucracy, she started her own practice to help vets overcome combat trauma.

Lauren's not here to be your cheerleader – to pat you on the head and make you feel better about your day. She is going to be your battle buddy – someone who guides you through the process of resolving trauma.

Lauren helps male combat veterans kick trauma’s ass. She works with you to develop an OPORD for overcoming pain and recapturing the happiness of living. You can move past the bullsh*t that’s been keeping you from the things you want and need.

In this episode

[0:41] Welcome to Episode 28!
[2:17] Last episode (27) recap.
[3:38] What are the similarities between combat vets and law enforcement professionals?
[8:21] You have a few choices…
[9:35] Do triggers ever go away?
[13:17] A paradigm shift: does it require Trauma to cause issues? Is all Trauma “realtive?”
[16:51] Lauren's definition of Trauma.
[20:20] Is law enforcement more traumatic than combat?
[30:21] Marketing Minute: How to Stop Working for Free and Make More Money
[31:59] Just how big of a problem is mental health?
[34:47] Adam's take on why the mental health support provided often doesn't fit.
[41:03] What can a law enforcement administrator do?
[47:46] Should your mental health program be mandatory or voluntary?
[53:41] How can you recognize when you should seek help?
[58:23] How to connect with Lauren.

Resources discussed on the show

Comments (2)
  1. Lauren is spot on… I’ve had the opportunity to work along sided her. She’s a trendsetter for sure. Also, thank you for tackling EAP perception vs reality.. and addressing the barriers towards trauma help!

    • Thanks for the comment Aaron! Lauren is phenomenal and she is most definitely conceptually advanced in comparison to most other therapists that work with combat veterans and law enforcement.

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