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About Me

My experience, and background with Christian faith-based counseling:

Worked at Christian Psychotherapy 1997-2004.
FamilyLIfe Australia 2004-20012.
Role of National Director of Christian ministry, FamilyLife Australia, with husband 2010-2012. Becoming a sought-after voice in the relationship arena having spoken across Australia at marriage & family conferences, on radio and television.
Member of Australian Christian Counselors, doing private practice 2012-2014.
Resumed private practice at Christian Psychotherapy 2014

I believe that biblical principals are the crux of truth and common sense. I believe spiritual realities are similar to emotional, physical and mental. When reading recommendations from a psychological report for those diagnosed with anxiety in mirrors very closely with what Philippians 4 :8 NIV says: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Psychological testing would also have you limit disturbing news for a time, similar to detoxing and allowing the bacteria of life to be absorbed by the “what is noble and admirable, excellent and praiseworthy” in efforts to avoid “mean world syndrome” or filtering out the positives and focusing on the negatives.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Meditation and seeking peace is something that had been proved useful in both Christian and secular settings. Mindfulness is a therapy technique that had been helpful to deal with pain, anxiety and depression. Deep breathing, yoga, a state of restful ness is something that slows the heart rate down and allow us to think clearer. Creating space is something that the Old Testament Sabbath emphasized for our well being and actually makes us more productive as people. Just as you cannot plow the field without rest and expect a harvest, people need emotional, physical, mental and spiritual rest as well. There have been many writings on the need for rest, “Secret to brain success: intelligent cognitive rest- Harvard Health” by Srini Pillay MD. May4, 2017. In addition to better for business, “The upside of Downtime- Harvard Business Review” by Jackie Coleman and John Coleman Dec.6, 2012.

I see clients as a hammock that has four bars holding them up: Body, Mind, Emotions, and Spirit. We each have weights that we put in our hammocks, both positive and negative stressors. I try to strengthen each pole so that my clients can handle the weight in their “hammocks”.

Body: Breathing, to slower heart rate, exercise to lessen cortisol and create endorphins, sleep that regulates mood and focus. Physical history, medications, etc.

Mind: Identifying the irrational thoughts that we all have, that contribute to stressors. Biblio therapies, communication skills, career development.

Emotions: Process how to express emotions, how they affect thinking, feeling, and perceiving. Need for positive peer group, and community.

Spirit: Opportunity to explore spiritual growth, especially when your body, mind, and emotions are worn out! Drawing from timeless Biblical meditations, practices, and writings, if the client chooses.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Grief , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Family of Origin Issues , Women's Issues

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy

Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #0701002629 (Expires: 2022-06-30)


Reviews

Written by D.O. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Lori for 2 weeks

Lori is extremely easy to talk with. She listens and has very practical and easy information to share.