She is a clinician, writer and teacher who began her 27 year career working in the area of sex & marital therapy. Training at Masters & Johnson Institute, she eventually became co-director, co-founded the first inpatient sexual trauma program in the country, and ultimately established and clinically co-directed three such programs. Her work spanned diverse populations including incest families, sex offenders, victims of sexual abuse and individuals struggling with sexual addiction.
In 2000, Lori turned her attention to another under-served population: eating disorder clients, co-founding and clinically directing 3 residential treatment centers over the next 13 years. Most recently she has been working with populations with co-occurring disorders in a context that utilizes all prior skill bases.
“Amidst 27 years of teaching, writing and program innovation runs the animating desire of bringing together all the ‘necessary and sufficient’ elements of healing.”
At long last, the diverse fields that constitute mental health as a whole are beginning to awaken more fully to the necessity of meaning making. In this nascent recognition, the illusory separation of mind, body & soul is finally fading, thankfully, allowing a framework, one hopes, more encompassing & integrative to begin to emerge.
Lori currently resides on the Monterey Peninsula of N. California, where she recently participated in the founding of the Monterey Institute of Mental Health. She is also hard at work in collaboration with Dr. Marc Gafni on a book project entitled: Unique Self Recovery, a distillation & application of the heart Marc’s Unique Self teachings to the process of healing.