Compassionate Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to my website and your first look at my professional psychological services. I am happy to provide counseling services to individuals, couples, and families in the greater Eagle River, Chugiak, and Anchorage areas. Please have a look around and learn more about what you can expect when you come to me for counseling services, my professional life, my business practices, and a little about my personal life. I look forward to meeting you one day soon.

At this time, I unable to take on any new clients and I truly apologize for this. I’m just completely booked and anticipate some opening to become available in the new year. If you would like to be placed on my waiting list, please send me an appointment request and I will make contact with you and if you need help with a referral, I would be glad to help and put you on my waiting list if you wish. Again, I’m truly sorry about this, if only there were a few more hours in each day. I truly thank you for your understanding.


Eagle River Financial Center
10928 Eagle River Road Suite 140
Eagle River, Alaska, 99577
907.694.2314 phone
907.694.2334 fax



First of all, CONGRATULATIONS, I know it takes a lot of courage to come to understand that you may need some extra help and to take that first step and realize you can’t fix EVERYTHING on your own…

I’m sure you’ve probably tried everything you can think of, and for quite some time now, and done most of it on your own, without reaching out to those who love and care about you for help, maybe because you don’t want to appear weak, or that you don’t have things “under control”, or you might not think you’re worth it. The problem is, things may have just kept on getting worse for you, or maybe you have felt like one thing has piled upon another. This can happen to anyone, anyone at all, even the person who looks like they have their whole life together all the time… and they’ve posted it all over Facebook and Instagram.
Or maybe you feel like you have had one foot in and one foot out of your marriage and for some time now, but don’t want to hurt your spouse or partner. Maybe you have a teenager or young adult who is struggling and you just don’t know what to do. Maybe you feel like you do fine all day and when you lay down to go to sleep at night you can’t stop your brain from spinning and spinning, Maybe you feel all alone, and you always have, or you have just lost someone very dear to you. The reasons are endless, and, they can happen the anyone.

After almost 20 years of working with some of the most wonderful and courageous people I have ever met, who have had all kinds of things happen to them in their lives. I have noticed that the common denominator is that inside each and every one of these kids, people, couples, or families, there are three kinds of pain; emotional pain, brain pain, and even physical pain that impedes each person from living the kind of life they imagined they would live or always hoped for. Wouldn’t it be great to lessen that pain, get rid of it altogether, or confusion, or feelings of loneliness? Our work will be whatever you decide you want it to be! How does that sound like for a change? Even better is that you will never, ever be judged by me… that’s not my job, not even close.
It has been the true privilege of my life to work with VERY STRONG, RESILIENT, AND UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AND I’M BETTING YOU FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY AS WELL. .
I promise to work with each of you as in a compassionate, unique manner, honoring your past, present, and working toward the future that you envision for yourself as well as for the important people (or other special creatures) who’ve shaped your life, I believe in the COURAGE AND STRENGTH of my clients and believe my job is to help you become not only who you want to be, but who you were truly MEANT to be. My job is to walk beside you in your journey, not to lead and have you follow behind me on our path together… it is, after all, your life. So in short, our work is collaborative and I believe in learning about you it is only fair and right for me to share just a bit about myself with you…

My license reads Laura, but my friends, family, co-workers, and clients call me Lori.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Alaska #226) as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (Alaska #381) specializing in individual, couple, and family psychotherapy, and have maintained a private practice in beautiful Eagle River, Alaska since 2004. Prior to that, I practiced out of state for 5 years while teaching at several different colleges and universities as an adjunct professor of psychology, sociology, and family systems.

Growing up as a military “brat,” my first experience with deployments was at age 6 weeks, when my Dad (and personal hero), a young Infantry CPT, left for his second of three year-long tours in Vietnam. Growing up in a Army family, relocating every couple of years, taught me a lot about the world and a respect for all people, the same or different as me, and quite honestly, I was taught to accept all people as people, regardless of race, religion, or even rank in the military (my husband still teases me that after 40+ years being an Army brat and then married to and Army guy, I still can’t tell what rank someone is when I see them in their uniform! The family I grew up in was and is close-knit and over the years I learned to be flexible, creative, and to believe in the good of human-kind. Sure enough I married a young LT (my high school BF and college sweetheart) and we began our lifelong journey together just after college graduation by getting married 1 month after graduation!

Beginning my professional career as a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in special education, early childhood, and elementary education in 1991, my first job was a third grade teacher at Fort Benning, GA. As the Army likes to do, we were relocated to Fort Bragg in North Carolina and I had the opportunity to work in an inpatient psychiatric hospital for children as the staff teacher, that experience was invaluable to me. It more closely matched all of my student teaching which was focused on the “behaviorally challenge kids,” as they used to say! Shortly thereafter, (and in the middle of having 3 babies in 3 years… yikes!!) I went to graduate school and developed an interest to eventually work with people who had experienced psychological trauma. After 3 years of graduate school I was lucky to graduate Magna cum Laude from Columbus State University specializing in community and family counseling in 1998. Five years later and completing the required 3000 post-graduate client contact hours of working face to face with clients, 8 more post-graduate level classes that specifically focused on marital and family therapy, and gratefully passing my two national exams (whew!), I was awarded my Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Certificates. That was a PROUD day in my family…
for ALL of us!


Home

In 2004 I opened my private practice in beautiful Eagle River, above the iconic Sleepy Dog Cafe and resided there for a good 8 years.
After a while, I outgrew my office there and for the past 7 years happily practiced above Wells Fargo Bank with some wonderful female colleagues. Following the devastating 2018 earthquake, I eventually ended up where I am now and am very happy to be here!

My professional approach is considered professionally client-centered, family systems grounded as a solid solution-focused trained therapist. If that means nothing to you as a potential client, that’s ok… all you should know is that my approach is centered around you, what makes you you, and we work on doing more of what works and throw out what isn’t working… sound good? I think so.
My treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help people resolve current problems and long-standing patterns that have prevented them from living the life they dream of. I incorporate a blend of conventional, alternatives, and creative,artistic approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. Working with sensitivity and compassion, I work with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve individual life goals. (In other words, we work together, it’s not about me telling you what you that you should do this or that, and and I like to see myself as your partner in the process, not the answer to our problems… I’m more the expert on change, you are the expert on YOU). You will often find me in the “art” room using all kinds of artistic mediums (painting, collaging, mixed media journal books, loom-weaving just to name a few) with my clients during therapy sessions. Equally so, I spend a large amount of time using EMDR with my clients who have experienced trauma.

I have been married to my high school/college sweetheart for almost 28 years and together we have 3 amazing young adults who we wish lived less than 3000-5000 miles closer! Rosey is my “empty-nest” baby, she’s a Maltese-Yorkie mix with the attitude of a Princess… humm…

I’m bringing her back into my office more than before because my clients love her so much, I hope you will get to meet her and give her a treat! Warning… she will bark at you, but it’s a fake bark, she thinks she is bigger than she really is and is actually she’s really just looking to be loved and picked up and snuggle on your lap! Truth be told, when she visits, most of my clients are way more excited to see Rosey than they are to see me!!

When I’m not working, my husband and I love Oregon basketball all and visiting our kids, I love to travel, take photographs, decorate, do yoga, play with paper, shop, ski, hang out with my friends and family, and again… travel as much as humanly possible!