Behavioral Health Counselor
Ms. Lauren Voeltz began her educational endeavors at Westchester Community College where she developed a foundational interest in psychology, counseling and working with people. From Westchester Community college she received a scholarship for high academic standing and transferred to Pace University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology. She continued her education at Pace University and acquired a master’s degree of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Voeltz then furthered her education at Fordham University acquiring 1 years’ worth of Graduate Level social work credits. In 2019 she earned a second master’s degree Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling from the University at Buffalo. She has recently been accepted to and begun further education in Northcentral University’s PhD program for General Psychology. She has fulfilled all educational and internship requirements at this time to begin working under a limited permit mental health counselor under the supervision of Dr. Michael J.Doria of NeuroPsychCPS, PLLC, Additionally, Ms Voeltz has interned as an undergraduate and graduate level student teacher, teaching classes for various colleges and universities in multiple states, both online and in person. She also has experience working in with domestic violence shelters for women and children, in developing programs for developmentally disabled adults both in a day treatment setting and within the community.
Ms. Voeltz served with the US Army Reserves in the past having trained intensively at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri with the military police in 2006. During this time, she also held a paid administrative position for the Federal government working for her assigned military police unit on Long Island,NY. She is currently serving in the New York State military defense force as an officer mental health specialist in the 244th medical company Behavioral health program, which affords her theopportunity to teach and train adult soldiers routinely and allows her to provide mental health services to soldiers in need as well as to assists soldiers in connecting with community-based resources to address social determinants of health. During prior years in the New York State Guard she has served as a non-commissioned officer for 6 ½ years before becoming a commissioned officer.
Additionally, Ms. Voeltz is both a legionnaire and auxiliary member of the Post 1038 American Legion in Valhalla, NY, volunteering routinely with veterans who suffer with PTSD at the Montrose VA Hospital in addition to various community activities as time permits her contributions (to include food drives for Veterans in need of nutrition supplementation, gathering book and video donations for the veterans who are in-patient at the VA Hospital and creating care packages for soldiers currently serving overseas, etc.).
In her current full-time civilian job, she is transitioning from the position of Felony Criminal Drug Court Coordinator for the Rockland County Felony Drug Court Program as well as individualized case manager to drug court participants, being the sole on-site point of contact for the State of New York for the program. She has helped to build the foundation for a Veteran’s Treatment Court at this location as well and has provided coverage for Family Treatment court as needed. The felony drug court program focuses primarily on rehabilitating Drug Court participants within the community who have Substance-Use Disorder under court and treatment care and supervision. The program is research based and has been shown to be successful in assisting clients with “starting over with a clean slate”. Ms. Voeltz will be transitioning from this role back to a supervisory role working with OPWDD and providing guidance to staff members, in addition to quality case management to people with developmental disabilities.