A bit on Lori’s credentials:
Lori has her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – MT 3398, and is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Elevating Relationships, LLC. Lori has multifaceted experience in the helping field since 2001 including mentoring, counseling, and case management as well as the development and implementation of programs and events within aftercare programs, faith-based institutions, and community-based organizations. Lori has participated in a variety of community advocacy organizations, has presented throughout the tri-counties on the suggested benefits of counseling services, and has received specialized training in crisis intervention with the National Organization for Victim Assistance, trained on the power of dialogue through Public Conversations, trained as a program educator in the Gottman 7 Principles Program aimed at increasing the vitality of couples relationships, and has completed the Gottman Level 1 training on best practices when working with couples by Drs. John and Julie Gottman who are researchers and pioneers in the field of couples therapy. Over the last few years, Lori has provided therapeutic support while working in a clinic, at a hospital, in a group home, in schools, with families in their homes, and in a private practice setting.
Additionally, Lori has facilitated adventure based groups with a focus on grief processing and spoken word groups with a focus on self-awareness and expression with teen girls, volunteered with Children’s Bereavement Center, and volunteered in an afterschool program teaching art and drama. Lori is enthusiastic about working with individuals, couples, and families on identifying strengths and resources to meet challenges and accomplish their life goals.
Lori understands that it is often a crisis or major life event that brings individuals and couples to therapy, however, Lori is also an advocate for encouraging others to seek therapeutic support as a form of maintenance for overall wellbeing as one might do a routine visit with their doctor, get a massage, or exercise. Having worked for many years in community based provider agencies, Lori is aware of the misguided stigma connected to therapeutic services and celebrates those that are proactive in connecting to support services for overall wellbeing. Lori promotes the idea that therapy can be a positive tool that can assist with identifying strengths and resources that equip us to approach both common and challenging life events.
While partnering with her husband and working with couples is a key area of her practice, Lori also has a special interest with working with individuals who have dealt with trauma, grief, worry, fears, anxiety, self-expression and self-esteem, guilt and shame, and life transitions such as marriage, divorce, remarriage, career changes, and retirement and relationship concerns such as with friends, family, a significant other or colleagues.
Lori was born and raised in South Florida and also lived several years in Tennessee. She enjoys doing activities outdoors including kayaking and biking, actively attends and volunteers at her church, dabbles in painting, poetry, and photography, and loves spending time with her family, friends, husband and puppy.