Lauren Sbarbaro, Psy. D.
Lauren is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naperville Counseling Center. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She also holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University and a Masters in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Lauren received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Lauren worked as a Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor in Minnesota prior to her relocation to Illinois. She has experience working in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, hospitals and inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers.
As a psychological evaluator, Lauren has significant experience testing for a broad range of diagnoses and disorders. Lauren has experience testing for questions regarding Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, mood disorders, ability and achievement, psychosis/psychotic disorders, personality functioning and/or to assist individuals in developing a better understanding of their cognitive and emotional functioning.
Lauren believes that psychological testing can enhance one’s understanding of themself and can also provide answers or possible solutions regarding one’s emotional and cognitive functioning. Lauren provides a holistic approach to testing that focuses on the unique needs and goals of each person. She believes that the testing process should be collaborative and that every person has the potential for growth and change. Lauren believes that the foundation for psychological testing is trust, and she feels it is a privilege to be a part of each person’s journey.
Lauren’s clinical approach is largely informed by cognitive behavioral, hope-based-positive psychology and strength based theories. She also integrates social, cultural and interpersonal theories based on each unique person and their personal needs. Lauren believes a primary catalyst of change is the therapeutic relationship and the use of an accepting environment to facilitate growth.