Dr. Lauren Pitts

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About Me

Dr. Lauren D. Pitts is a passionate and dedicated Relationship Expert, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Trauma-Focused Trainer and Sports Mental Health Empowerment Coach providing therapeutic services to individuals including scholar-athletes, professional athletes, couples, families, and groups; Dr. Pitts provides a Solution-Focused approach to treatment while demonstrating clinical excellence via systemic, strength-based and holistic strategies. Dr. Pitts’ approach underpins her coordination of services related to mental and behavioral health, medical and financial needs, education, employment, housing, professional development, and consultation.

With intimate connections to scholar-athletes her entire life, it was in high school that she became intrigued by the toll competitive play took on the mental health of scholar and professional athletes. Athletes’ mental health was further compromised by unhealthy environmental conditions that often led to engagement in unhealthy and risky behaviors. Additionally, it quickly became apparent that the challenges athletes faced, also impacted their families and communities.

Dr. Pitts is particularly passionate about being an integral part of a healing and hope trajectory for ethnic minorities. One size does not fit all and contributing to the holistic wellbeing of individuals and their families requires an understanding of different experiences. A native of Salem, New Jersey – Dr. Pitts is a firsthand witness of the multi-generational, systemic loss and devastation caused to families because of domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, gun violence, poverty, and the overall breakdown of the nuclear family. Dr. Pitts' tumultuous life serves as a compass guiding her to turn the adversities of her life into steppingstones for others.

Dr. Pitts serves the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for the U.S. Department of State and the World Learning Center. Serving as a Fulbright Specialist strategically positions Dr. Pitts to be a benefactor to host institutions around the world and a greater asset in every facet of her work via cultural exchange and mutual understanding using an interdisciplinary, multi-specialist, biopsychosocial approach concerning trauma-informed care. Additionally, becoming a Fulbright Specialist provides access to opportunities for Dr. Pitts to contribute to the preparation of systemically trained, culturally competent, socially just clinicians.

Dr. Pitts earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management and a master’s degree in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy each from Drexel University. She earned a bachelor's in Organizational Management from HBCU Edward Waters College and an associate degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Johnson & Wales University. Dr. Pitts has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the areas of clinical excellence, empowerment, education, community activism, social justice, and equality. Dr. Pitts is the host of "HOUSE TALK Pregame" where the show’s focus is on having hard conversations on topics that are relevant to black and brown communities globally including HBCU families, scholar, and professional athletes and their families, and the Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) family. HT Pregame provides powerful, albeit raw life, sports, and mental health information that athletes and their families need to make well-informed athletic and life-transforming decisions!


  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #FT-0010070 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Written by B.R. on Aug 20, 2021 after counseling with Lauren for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Pitts is insightful, thoughtful, professional, and genuinely passionate about helping.

Written by B.E. on Aug 03, 2021 after counseling with Lauren for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Pitts was just what I needed at a crossroads in my life! She is very caring and I would highly recommend her.

Written by S.I. on Jul 20, 2021 after counseling with Lauren for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Really warm and kind woman. Would recommend to anyone looking for someone to talk to and feel heard ! Amazing

Written by M.M. on Jul 20, 2021 after counseling with Lauren for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and grief

It’s my first time to seek counseling and was very thoughtful about picking BetterHelp - doing my research, reading articles and reviews. I was a little wary of how I’m going to be assigned a counselor but did my best to fill out the questionnaire, and Dr. Pitts is my first match. I think BetterHelp did a great job with the match and I feel lucky that the first one is working out for me so far - Dr. Pitts is very professional, communicates well and in a timely manner, insightful (her expertise shows), is present in our interactions (listens, pays attention to detail, actively engages), and kind without being patronizing. It’s still early days in our counseling relationship but I’ve been finding it helpful so far and glad to be working with Dr. Pitts. I certainly feel like my BetterHelp subscription is worth it.

Written by G.O. on May 28, 2021 after counseling with Lauren for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

Dr Pitts really understood what I was saying, even when it came out weird. She helped me get my feet back on the ground.