Lori Whittaker

I received my Master’s Degree (MSW) in Social Work from Portland State University, in 1998. From there, I became licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #3018) in Oregon, in 2001, and in Washington (LICSW #8786), in 2006. My under-graduate work includes receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development/Family Relationships.

I have worked for over 30 years in the field of Social Services, to include working in the following positions: Juvenile court probation counselor, adolescent drug/alcohol counselor, adoption specialist, crime victims reparation officer, and agency therapist. My internships while in graduate school included working as a therapist at the YWCA’s Women’s Resource Center, and also at Samaritan Counseling Center.

I have been a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) since 1996. NASW’s Code of Ethics guides the ethics of my practice.

I have had extensive training in many different facets of therapy and social work. To keep my license active, I am required to take 20 hours of Continuing Education credit each year. Past trainings include:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Clinical Supervision; Collaborative Supervision
  • Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
  • Existential Humanistic Psychology
  • Attachment in Psychotherapy
  • Bonding and Attachment
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
  • Gottman, level 1 (couples counseling)
  • Collaborative Couples Therapy
  • Bader-Pearson Couples Therapy
  • Practical Application for Intimate Relationship Skills (PAIRS)
  • Deepening Relationships in Couples Therapy
  • Relationship Enrichment
  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • Positive Psychology
  • Choice Theory
  • Ethical Issues in Adoption
  • Vipassana Meditation
  • Parenting: STEP; Parenting With Love and Logic
  • Treating Childhood Behavioral Problems
  • Advanced Mental Health Treatment
  • Best Practices in Child Dependency Cases
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Women and Leadership
  • Men in Group Therapy
  • Childhood Anorexia
  • Social Work Ethics
  • Issues Regarding Sexual Orientation