Meet Lauren N. Jenkins

A sought out trainer, Lauren’s expertise include curriculum development and the facilitation of various trainings in the areas of community and organizational wellness, leadership, trauma-informed care, and mental health. She is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer (Youth & Adult), through the National Council for Wellbeing; a Master Trainer in Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma Informed Care, and a certified facilitator of the various Cognitive Behavioral Programming.

In August of 2021, Lauren launched The Journey2Well, LLC, with the purpose to help people [re]discover the power that lies in their courage to become self-aware, to reclaim their narratives, and find power in telling their stories in order to live well, feel well, be well, and if in the helping profession, help well.

Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Empowerment Speaker, Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advocate and Trainer. Professionally, Lauren holds over 16 years of experience providing therapeutic support and interventions to youth and adults involved in the correctional/mental health systems. In addition, Lauren holds extensive experience facilitating professional development and training for public sector and community outreach organizations throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer (Youth and Adult), through the National Council for Wellbeing, a Master Trainer in Adverse Childhood Experiences, through the ACE Interface cohort; and a certified facilitator of other various Trauma Informed and Cognitive Behavioral trainings. Lauren is also a certified trainer of Soul Shop, which provides faith-based suicide prevention workshops, to support leaders and congregations minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation and suffering.

Lauren currently works at Anchored Hope Therapy, a highly specialized trauma-specific mental health private practice in Annapolis, Maryland. She specializes in working with individuals and couples through life transitions as well as working with clients in the helping profession impacted by Vicarious Trauma, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue. In her Advocacy work, Lauren serves on the Board of Directors for the Life of Joy Foundation (, a faith-based non-profit organization that is committed to fostering a holistic approach to mental health to help individuals and families build a sustainable life of joy. 

Personally, Lauren has a personal connection to this work, including her own journey with mental health challenges as well as lived experience with suicide loss and her own personal struggles with suicidality. It was after experiencing great loss and then a suicide attempt in 2012 that was the catalyst to her healing and then pursuit of professional and advocacy work in the mental health and suicide prevention spaces.

Lauren holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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