Hello! I’m Lorraine. I believe that the mind and the body are inextricably connected and, therefore, I take a wholistic approach in treating individuals. My passion is teaching people how to live healthy lifestyles. I help people understand how their mind affects their body, and how their body, in turn, also affects their mind.
I further believe that the therapeutic space, temenos, from the Greek meaning a sacred, protected space, is one in which the therapist and the individual collaborate. The therapist is not to be seen as the expert; rather, the individual is the one who knows his or her pain, and the therapist’s role is to facilitate bringing the unconscious and the unexamined feelings/thoughts into awareness.
I want to make you feel safe in this space, so that you can be transformed in the process. I believe the goals of therapy are: symptom removal (initially), alleviation of pain, facilitation of personal growth, basic character change, and the removal of obstacles blocking your paths. I subscribe to German psychoanalyst, Karen Horney’s view that the human being has an inbuilt propensity toward self-realization. If obstacles are removed, the individual will develop into a mature, fully realized adult, just as an acorn will develop into an oak tree. I believe that the individual has the capability and capacity to heal herself or himself. The healing comes from within; and it’s my job to facilitate and awaken that awareness.
With a doctorate in public health as well, her experience, focus, and passion has been with helping individuals learn how to live healthy lifestyles, reduce incidences of chronic disease, and reduce obesity.
I have my doctorate in clinical psychology. And because of my interest and passion in health and wellness, I also pursued a doctorate in public health, specializing in preventive care. My dissertation, research, and interest has been in weight/obesity, but I am also passionate about helping individuals reduce/prevent chronic disease (e.g., Type 2 diabetes).
In addition to working with anxiety and depression, my specialties include:
Chronic diseases, chronic pain, trauma, adult ADHD, women’s issues, health behavior change, relationship issues, career coaching, and leadership development.