Lunare Wellness Services offers individual, couple, and family therapy to people of all ages. Integrative therapy can become a crucial process for growth and restabilization after a crisis or transition. Lunare is a place where light meets dark and people learn to dance with shadows. It is a place where you are encouraged to soak up the warmth of the sun while also appreciating the stillness of the night sprinkled with stars. It is a place of peace and tranquility that we hold within ourselves wherever we are, whatever we’re doing. It is a place of self empowerment and understanding. We find wellness in the depth of our personal emotional well, drawing up the buckets to quench the our thirst from a hard day's work and soothe the tension in our souls. Lunare works to cultivate wellness in each individual and relationship system. Drawing on concepts large and small to give each individual the supportive and illuminating experience they seek. Personal growth is done by the self with the supportive encouragement of others.
Lauren Zerbst, LCSW, CST
Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in a variety of professional settings in the Chicago metropolitan area doing therapy with individuals, couples, and families. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University, has completed the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Lauren is a confident generalist practitioner with diverse experience in the health care field with older adults as well as helping people of all ages who are interested in personal authenticity and exploring their true selves. She is an enthusiastic, highly motivated therapist who uses dialectical and cognitive-behavorial, holistic mind-body techniques to illustrate the links between thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Lauren enjoys using creative, out-of-the box approaches with her clients, and has strengths in play therapy and movement therapy with children and adolescents. She values being part of an interdisciplinary team and easily collaborates with doctors, psychiatrists, teachers, and parents.
Couples therapy is another passion of Lauren's. She brings knowledge from John Gottman, Esther Perel, Sue Johnson, and many more to assist couples in understanding their relationship dynamic. Lauren is a sex therapist that has experience with LGBT clients and is a poly friendly and kink-aware therapist. Lauren collaborated with Dr. Elsbeth Meuth and Freddy Zental Weaver to write the book "Sexual Enlightenment," a guide for anyone looking for bringing lasting fulfillment into their lives, relationships, and work.
“My philosophical approach is to create an opportunity for meaningful education, humanistic healing, and a celebration of life that's specific to each client's unique interests and goals, without uncomfortable judgment or limiting assumptions. Whether it is trauma, physical/medical conditions, or relationship difficulties, I hope to facilitate the journey to personal discovery and self-awareness in order to enhance an individual’s or couples’ ability to cope with the struggles they face to find peace and pleasure in their minds, bodies, and relationships.”
Lauren Zerbst, LCSW, CST