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Inspiring Conversations with Lauren Brittsan of Mile High Women’s Wellness

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Brittsan. 

Lauren, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
After graduating college with a degree in Journalism, I pursued jobs in public relations, advertising, and marketing despite having the desire to complete a master’s degree in counseling. This led me to New York City where I worked in the publishing department of a women’s magazine. I enjoyed the excitement and pace of this type of work but also kept feeling the pull to explore what a career as a counselor could look like for me. I decided to move to Denver for a lifestyle change, and shortly after my move, I applied to graduate school. After graduating and completing clinical training in a community mental health setting, my husband and I decided to try to have a child. During my pregnancy, I experienced what is referred to as a perinatal mood disorder. Very quickly on in the pregnancy, I struggled with depression, anxiety, and symptoms of OCD. By 16 weeks pregnant, I had established care with a therapist specializing in maternal mental health, as well as started medication to help reduce my symptoms. This lived experience absolutely led me to pursue a specialty in perinatal mental health. I wanted to show up for women, like me, who needed support during one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. When my daughter was about 8 months, I decided to open my private practice with a focus on women’s behavioral health. I went on to work at St. Joseph’s Hospital here in Denver, specifically integrative care where I provided mental health support to pregnant and postpartum women. During my time with St. Joe’s, I became certified in perinatal mental health through Postpartum Support International. In May of 2021, I started Mile High Women’s Wellness, a collective for providers in the field to have space to collaborate and refer to one another. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Certainly, not a smooth road, but is any risk you take smooth? I have learned a lot about setting boundaries and taking care of myself along the way. 

We’ve been impressed with Mile High Women’s Wellness, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you?
Mile High Women’s Wellness is a collective of independent health and wellness practitioners dedicated to providing inclusive and compassionate care in the Denver area and beyond.

With a diverse range of qualifications and specialties, our collective is committed to patient-centered care that utilizes tools and treatments tailored to each individual.

We aim to enrich mental, physical, and emotional health and to provide services that empower and support our clients on their journey toward health and healing.

No matter what stage of life you are in, or which area of care you are seeking support for, our collective is committed to connecting you with the best provider and treatment plan.

We serve patients of all sexes and genders. Our areas of care are not limited to those who identify as female.

Services offered:

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Psychiatry
  • Circular Breathwork
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Patient Navigation
  • Birth and Postpartum Doulas
  • Sleep Consultation
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I like that Denver feels like a hopeful place in regard to people being more open to getting support in these areas. 

I wish this city was more affordable, as this impacts price of services, which can limit access to care. 

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