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Lori McConnell is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington,
LH00008238.  Being licensed ensures potential clients that she has had the required experience
serving clients directly as a counselor and has shown competence on a counseling  examination.  
She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor, #
68857.  In order to maintain licensure and
certification, Lori is involved in continual education which constantly enhances her knowledge on
the treatment of various issues.  She is also a Registered Counselor, #
Lori has her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington
University.  While obtaining her graduate degree, Lori specialized in counseling children,
adolescents and families through her internship at Highline West Seattle Mental Health Center.   
Lori has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Portland.  Lori was able
to gain specialization in children's mental health at her practicum at a Child/Adolescent In-patient
Treatment Program at a hospital.
During Lori's undergraduate and graduate programs, she worked as a therapist for children with
Autism.  Lori's experiences with the autistic children included designing and implementing
behavior modification programs, advocating with school systems, and providing support for
Prior to attending graduate school, Lori was a case manager for foster children.  She was able
to gain expertise in identifying ways to capitalize on the strengths of children in very difficult life
situations.  Lori was able to learn strong advocating skills and a talent for identifying ways in
which families needed to improve functioning to allow children to be successful.
Since obtaining her MS in Mental Health Counseling, Lori has been working in community
mental health, providing counseling to children, adolescents, and their families.  Lori has worked
with youth and families on a range of challenging emotional and behavioral issues.  Lori has
enjoyed the opportunity of setting up a counseling practice in West Seattle.  She enjoys giving to
her community and ensuring that there is a place for West Seattle's kids and families to go for
support.  Lori has given parenting workshops so parents can learn techniques to deal effectively
with their children's difficult behaviors.  Lori enjoys working with adolescents and helping them in
the formation of their identity while helping their families cope with the changes during this time of
Providing counseling services in the West Seattle area since 2000.  Treating families, teens,
and children for all issues relating to eating disorders, divorce, school, anxiety, depression,
ADHD, domestic violence and stress.  Lori provides quality care in the treatment and
therapy of West Seattle families.
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