Mrs. Lori Christine McConnell, MS LMHC

Preferred Name: Lori

About Me

I am honored to be a therapist and have respect for all of my clients. The therapeutic relationship is a key component to successful treatment. I enjoy my time with clients and am very interactive in my approach. I believe in all that is possible and view my role as a the holder of hope. It is my philosophy that clients come to their current patterns of thinking, emotions and behaviors as a result of experiences in the past. People develop behaviors as a way to survive and cope. These patterns may no longer be helpful and could be holding individuals back from thriving in the ways they wish. In fact, these methods of coping may now be causing pain and suffering. In some cases, there is a lack of skill or ability to deal with the stressors being experienced, they are simply too overwhelming for right now. I am adept at recognizing what a client needs and creating a plan to make that happen. I cultivate an environment of awareness by guiding clients to tune into their beliefs, emotions, and body sensations and learn more about their internal states. With awareness comes an ability to freely choose how to act and react to life. Feelings have often become a thing to be feared rather than an important sense of information. With my support clients recognize that feelings are not bigger than them. It is profound to have a nurturing space to talk about these things, perhaps for the first time, which can offer great relief to share burdens with a caring person. I believe my clients are doing the best that they can and with my expertise and support they will learn and grow and have lives worth living. Furthermore, I enjoy educating my clients how their biology and parts of the brain can influence their success and obstacles. Together we can work to rewire the brain for the better.

Education & Experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Portland. I began my career as a counselor in 2001 in community mental health agencies. Over my career, I have had extensive experience with parenting, play therapy and intensive work with youth. My background has helped me gain an understanding of how our development at each stage affects who we are today. I have served the community of West Seattle since 2003. My practice is centered around client in their teens and twenties and athletes of all ages and levels. I truly consider it an honor to sit with my clients in my therapy office. The therapeutic relationship is a critical element of the changes that will take place. I believe that while I have extensive experience in treating various issues, each individual I work with is unique and therefore I will tailor my approach to fit the needs presented and view our relationship as important and special. I am adept at identifying where my clients are struggling and giving them the ideal support. The therapeutic interventions utilized are delivered with compassion and understanding. I am successful at creating a space of acceptance and awareness so that true change can take place. I am a Certified EMDR Therapist.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Personality Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Harm
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • First Responders


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