Lori began working in Special Education, helping children on the autism spectrum as a Special Education Paraprofessional and soon discovered that she connected most with social emotional development in children. Lori has experience counseling elementary and middle school students in the school setting and was part of school mental health teams responsible for coordinating Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and 504 plans. Lori has experience using differentiation techniques to teach students of various learning styles and abilities and utilizes positive reinforcement strategies for managing student behaviors.
Lori values compassion, connection, and encouragement and believes inspiration is the best motivation. Lori works with each client to bring out the best in themselves and help to create a positive environment in session and at home. Lori is also the proud mother of an 18-year-old son who is on the autism spectrum and a 15-year-old gender fluid child and has lived and worked in Colorado for the past 20 years.
Lori’s hobbies include hiking, paddle boarding, skiing, and being outdoors with her family and dog, Maple. She loves football season (Go Broncos!), music, and plays the guitar!
A Message from Lori:
Your child deserves to be happy and feel good about themself. Yet sometimes, despite our best efforts as parents, our children can become anxious, defiant, depressed, and even hate themselves. It’s heartbreaking to see our children suffer. It’s also agonizing when they keep acting out and can’t or won’t talk to us and tell us what is wrong.
It’s easy to want to blame yourself. You wonder if it’s something you are doing or if it’s something you’re missing? You feel like you’ve tried everything, but things seem to get worse.
As a parent, I’ve been there! Nothing is more discouraging than seeing our children in pain and feeling helpless to help them. That’s why I want to help parents and children. I have a lot of experience helping children through play therapy. Before I started doing play therapy, I was also a school counselor helping children with their struggles at school. I have worked with children ages 4-19 both in school and in the play therapy setting.
I also love working with parents! Children thrive when their parents are happy and feel good about themselves too. I have worked with lots of parents to help them figure out how to overcome their own personal struggles that get in the way of their relationships with their children. We can work together to figure out the best ways you can support your children. I help parents learn how to use empathy to build better connections with their children. We can work on setting limits and reducing power struggles. We can also work on resolving conflict and relationship repair. Together, we can figure out ways that might help you become your best self and be the parent you want to be for your kids.
I offer Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Person Centered Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Reality Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy, Parenting Skills Training, Inner Child, and Psychoeducation for a variety of mental health needs.
Whether you are looking for help for yourself or a child in your life, it would be great to connect with you and talk about what you are going through. Feel free to contact me either by phone or email.
I look forward to hearing from you.