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The Power of Now

The book of the month is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. The Power of Now is a life-changing read. It was several years ago that my close friend gave me The Power of Now as a gift. It was a busy Tuesday night, and I remember being exhausted after a full day of work. I didn’t get home until around 9pm. I got into bed and began to read The Power of Now with the intention of reading several pages before going to sleep. I couldn’t stop reading. I stayed awake until I had completed the entire book! The following morning I began my day with a run at Lake Scranton. I was more present during that run than I had ever been up to that point in my life. The book opened my eyes to a new way of being. I highly recommend reading Tolle’s book. At first, it may seem a little “out there” dependent on your background, but give it a chance. You won’t be disappointed!!!


  • Behavioral Activation
  • Behavioral Consultation
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Coping Skills Training – Parental Separation or Divorce
  • Coping Skills Training – Serious Medical Conditions
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Educational Testing
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy (children, adolescents, adults)
  • Intervention for Psychological Conditions
  • Marital Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Parent Training
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychological Testing
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  • Psychotherapy
  • Public Speaking
  • School Liaison

A Special Note from Lauren

I just wanted to write you a quick note to let you know that I am honored that you are considering me to partner with you to help you and/or your child. What I do here at Hazzouri Psychology is not simply my career, but it has more so become who I am. I can, honestly, tell you that I will work very hard with you to help you to meet your goals. I am very fortunate to have the education, research and training to be able to so. However, I can tell you that a lot of what I know is based on my own experiences.

I read a book several years ago called “If I knew then, what I know now…”. The book is a compilation of letters written by very accomplished women from former secretary of state, Madeline Albright, to fashion designer, Eileen Fisher. These women wrote letters to their former, more naïve selves at a time in their life, when life didn’t seem so easy. Each of them began their letter with the phrase “If I knew then, what I know now this is what I would say…” I thought it such an amazing concept that I immediately sat down to write a letter to my former, more naïve self, until I realized that I would only being solidifying in my own mind the many realizations that helped me to move beyond that difficult time. Instead of writing myself a letter, I decided to open Hazzouri Psychology to share with you and your children the skill sets that can help you to move beyond your difficult time.

I have had many life experiences. I have played many roles and learned a lot through trial and error. I am a woman. I am a mom. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a friend. I can assure you that my education, research, and training coupled with my life experiences have molded me into a person that has the ability to understand you and/ or your child and join with you to maximize strengths, minimize weaknesses, and embrace the outcome with vigor!

I encourage you to take the next right step for you and/or your child and give Hazzouri Psychology a call. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you. I promise to hold you and/ or your child in the highest regard possible.

Dr. Lauren Hazzouri

Frequently Asked Questions


Hazzouri Psychology provides an environment that is comfortable and private. The offices are newly decorated. There is ample waiting room space. Parking is easy and free of charge, and the building is handicap accessible.


Hazzouri Psychology holds your privacy in high regard. All licensed psychologists adhere to a code of ethics with strict requirements for maintaining client confidentiality. Contact with outside professionals, schools, insurance companies, and even other family members is made only with your permission. Since Scranton and the surrounding area seems to get smaller each day, it is not extra ordinary for Dr. Hazzouri to see a client outside of therapy, walking through the mall or even at a local movie theater. In such an instance you can be rest assured that your privacy is not at risk. In an effort to keep your confidentiality and provide you with the standard of care that you deserve, Dr. Hazzouri does not speak to clients outside the office, unless spoken to.


Therapy sessions are generally about 50 minutes in length. Hazzouri Psychology provides short – term interventions as well as long – term treatment. Some clients need only a few sessions to meet their goals for treatment, while others continue in therapy for an extended period of time in an effort to resolve long-standing issues.


In the initial phone conversation, Dr. Hazzouri is most times able to determine that therapy might not be necessary at this time or that seeing a different type of professional might be more beneficial. Other times, Dr. Hazzouri makes a decision with the client (or parents) after an initial consultation that therapy may not be indicated. Regardless, Dr. Hazzouri provides recommendations and additional resources. Many children and adults who see Dr. Hazzouri for therapy are in fact in the “normal range.” However, they are looking to feel happier, get along better at work, school, or home, or to improve their parenting and the behavior of their children.


In the first phone consult, Dr. Hazzouri will determine if she is well suited to help with the concerns you are describing. If she does not specialize in the need that you have, she is connected with other professionals in the area and will be happy to help you find a better fit.


Psychologists do not prescribe medication. Hazzouri Psychology attempts to partner with you to help you to meet your goals through discussion and problem-solving strategies. However, some of clients also take medication to help improve their symptoms. If Dr. Hazzouri feels that medication can be helpful, she will help you to arrange a medication consultation with a physician. If you would like to explore this option, Dr. Hazzouri has good relationships with many psychiatrists in the area and is happy to help with an appropriate referral for consultation and possible treatment. Some clients prefer to see their primary care physician about medication, which she can also help facilitate.


There is ample waiting room space and plenty of children’s books and toys.


Hazzouri Psychology sets fees at the average rate for doctoral level psychologists in private practice in the area. Like many psychologists in the area, Dr. Hazzouri is not an in-network provider (co-pay). However, she is partially covered as an out-of-network provider for nearly all insurance companies. Clients pay at the time of the session, and Dr. Hazzouri provides a receipt that contains the information needed for submission for insurance reimbursement.


Dr. Hazzouri works in close connection with respected psychiatrists and other local physicians, as well as school counselors, speech and language pathologists, dieticians, educational advocates, and other professionals. Dr. Hazzouri maintains connections with other local psychologists in case she is not well suited to meet your needs.


Many children and teens would not come in, if parents did not force the issue. However, once the child or teen meets Dr. Hazzouri, she/ he usually has a change of heart. Dr. Hazzouri is skilled at making children and teens feel comfortable and at conveying that this alliance is about meeting her/ his goals.
Also, parents can rest easy upon arrival at the office. Parents don’t have to make their child or teen participate, that’s Dr. Hazzouri’s job.


Please call HAZZOURI PSYCHOLOGY to get an answer (570-344-4111). The fees at Hazzouri Psychology are in line with fees of other doctoral level psychologists in Northeastern, PA.
In factoring cost issues, it is important to consider the value you place on being free from the problem that you are considering partnering with Dr. Hazzouri to alleviate.

Identifying Problems, Creating Solutions, Changing Lives

Identifying Problems

In order to identify the problem that is helping you to feel sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or confused, the problem that keeps you from maximizing your strengths and performing at your best, the problem that is keeping you from forming meaningful relationships, I will begin by asking you various questions about your current concerns and your reasons for coming to the office. I will ask you questions about your current and past issues. I will ask you about your current relationships, important people in your life, as well as, important situations and events. Following our detailed interview, many times I administer standardized tools such as questionnaires, checklists and rating scales, so that we have objective data to add to the information gathered in our interview in our effort to identify the problem. The evaluation phase usually takes 2 sessions.

Creating Solutions

When we enter into a therapeutic relationship, our first task is to set up measurable goals for our work. With measurable goals, we can monitor whether or not our work is having the desired effect(s). I hope that our professional relationship will be one where you will receive the maximum benefit possible. The two of us need to work very hard in order to make that happen. I do not practice one specific therapeutic orientation. I decide the type of treatment based on the person and the problem. However, my treatment approach is primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), meaning that most times treatment is geared to be short-term, helping you to modify your thoughts that lead to upsetting emotions and behaviors that keep you from meeting your potential. CBT is practical, rational, and helps you to gain independence and effectiveness in dealing with real-life issues. I strive above all else to be personable, compassionate, and determined to make a difference for you.

Changing Lives

While my treatment approach is primarily CBT, I come from a humanistic perspective, believing that each of us is born with everything that they need to get through life in a healthy and happy way. The goal is that by termination of your work at Hazzouri Psychology, you will not only have learned a skill set to deal with the problems that brought you to Hazzouri Psychology, but also that you will have a better understanding of yourself, be a person, who is able to take responsibility for her/his actions, have a sense of how to live in and not for the moment, know that you are inherently worthy and have value just because you are, and be one who can handle life on life’s terms. My hope is that through the therapeutic process you will learn to maximize your strengths, minimize your weaknesses and embrace the outcome with vigor.

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What is the office like?
Hazzouri Psychology provides an environment that is comfortable and private. The offices are newly decorated. There is ample waiting room space. Parking is easy and free of charge, and the building is handicap accessible. Read more

My Services

  • Behavioral Activation
  • Behavioral Consultation
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Coping Skills Training - Parental Separation or Divorce
  • Coping Skills Training - Serious Medical Conditions
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Station Center / Mezzanine
600 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503


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Book of the Month

The book of the month is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. The Power of Now is a life-changing read. It was several years ago that my close friend gave me The Power of Now as a gift. Read more