About: Lori has 20 years experience working in the mental health field and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her passion for working with those touched by adoption comes from her personal experience and her desire to see children and families that are created through all circumstances, thrive and enjoy one another.
Lori is an adult adoptee and was raised in a large family of both adopted and birth children. She has an understanding of what it feels like to be adopted, and to navigate the unique path of the adoptee through the different developmental and life stages. She recognizes that there can be challenges to individuals and families created through foster placement and adoption, and believes that with guidance, support and education, these challenges can be met by gaining the insight and tools needed to heal and maintain healthy family relationships.
Over 23 years ago, Lori searched for and found her birth parents. She has gained valuable experience and understanding in the area of reuniting with birth families, and the work, patience and balance it takes to incorporate this into the adoptee’s and their family’s lives.
Early life experiences have profound effects on our lives and how we experience the world around us and the relationships we are able to form. I specialize in trauma and attachment issues for children, teens, families, and adults. I have been trained in TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) which is an intensive and effective, therapeutic approach to parenting and dealing with trauma-related issues for individuals and families.
I provide several neuro-based trainings and treatments, such as Neuroptimal neurofeedback, which calms, organizes and trains the brain to work as effectively as it can. And also SSP, which is the Safe and Sound Protocol, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, and helps to quiet sensory issues, increase social engagement and emotional regulation, and improve the brain's ability to process other treatment modalities.
I am also trained in Lifespan Integration, which addresses trauma from all life stages and works gently and empathically to offer healing without re-traumatizing.