Lauren Barney

“I proudly identify as queer, and enjoy working the the LGBTQ+ community. I believe that above all, most people crave human connection and feeling understood. It can be difficult to feel these things when the person who is supposed to share them with you doesn’t seem interested or able. Most of us are not taught how to be in relationships; we learn through examples shown to us in our families, friends, media, and our personal experiences, and we use this as our blueprint. My goal is to morph your blueprint into one that matches the scientific evidence on how satisfied partners go about getting the connection and understanding they need from each other. Through our collaboration, I will give you step-by-step tools and methods for improving communication, strengthening intimacy, and creating long-lasting change. Let’s dive in and begin the work!”

–Lauren Barney

Dr. Atkinson’s Endorsement:

Lauren came to us from the world-renowned Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, where some of the most promising young therapists in America begin their careers. By the time she arrived at The Couples Clinic, she had already distinguished herself among her peers. Lauren exudes passion for healing relationships. From your first session, her keen perceptions, uncanny intuition, unassuming sense of humor, and straight-forward style will give you confidence that under her care, you and your partner are on the way to a better place. Lauren Barney is a finely tuned difference-maker for those who are fortunate enough to be the focus of her attention.


Lauren is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is pursuing certification as a sex therapist through the American Association of Sex Educators and Therapists (AASECT). Lauren received a BA in psychology from Eastern Michigan University with a special focus in human sexuality and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University with a special focus in sex therapy. Before coming to The Couples Clinic, she had experience in working with individuals, couples, and families at Council for Relationships and provided group therapy in shelters in the Philadelphia area to those experiencing homelessness and loss due to natural disaster.

To schedule an appointment with Laruen, please call 630-232-7457.