Meet Lori Allen, LCSW, RYT 200, WFR
Lori’s clients will experience a safe, warm and creative space where they can reflect and explore where they have been, where they are now and determine where they want to go! Lori is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hours), Certified Meditation Teacher and Wilderness First Responder. Lori utilizes an eclectic therapeutic approach that is trauma-informed, mindfulness-based, incorporates nature as medicine and mind-body techniques to support individuals in their healing process. Lori’s mindfulness-based techniques include Yoga, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). Lori believes that each person has their own unique inner wisdom and strength. She views it as a privilege to partner with individuals in accessing their ability to heal, grow and transform as they navigate life’s ebbs and flows. At Journey Inward Counseling, Lori works with adolescents (16+) and adults of all ages on issues related to surviving trauma, complicated family dynamics, attachment injuries, LGBTQI matters, ADHD, anxiety and depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation, grief and loss, stress management, addiction and recovery, life transitions, identity and self-worth, values exploration, meaning making and balanced relationship strategies.
Lori offers therapeutic experiences in Conventional Talk Therapy (CTT), yoga-informed therapy, and nature as medicine or, “The science of using nature to heal yourself.” Lori will partner with you to determine what approach best fits your lifestyle and goals. CTT often involves talking about one’s experiences within a supportive therapeutic relationship in a less structured space. The therapist typically focuses on active listening and reflecting. Yoga-informed therapy brings together Western psychology and the 5,000 year old tradition of Yoga to achieve integration of body and mind. This is achieved through somatic techniques such as awareness of felt sensations in the body, restorative poses, guided imagery, meditation and breathing techniques. If you are a believer in nature as medicine, consider having a session by a river or taking a walk along a nearby trail. You may even be interested in designing a multi-day backcountry family or group wilderness therapy trip. For multi-day trips, Lori partners with Breakwater Expeditions; Lori provides the therapy, including yoga and meditation sessions if desired, and the amazing Breakwater staff guides the expedition. Multi-day wilderness trips are an awesome way to immerse yourself in the beauty of remote natural settings by canoe, sea-kayak or foot with your loved ones or professional organization. These are opportunities to step away from the busyness of daily living and slow down to deeply explore your connections to self and others, foster mindful transitions, process grief and loss and honor milestones.