Family Therapy

Life Coaching

Life Transitions

   Family & Individual

Parenting Issues

Post Traumatic

   Stress Disorder

Self-Esteem Issues

Spiritual Psychology

Substance Abuse


I am a licensed clinican with advanced training in both traditional and non-traditional psychology. My various degrees, licenses, and training in Clinical Art Therapy, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Psychodrama, DBT (Dialectic Behavioral 
Therapy) and Spiritual Psychology allow my clients many opportunities in which to access and process unconscious and conscious material successfully. My concept of healing is to achieve the most profound and effective treatment in the shortest period of time with the least amount of distress.

Who benefits from Therapy?

People who come for therapy or personal growth are children, adolescents, and adults. Clients come to me with a variety of needs that are best met through exploring and developing relevant insights and life skills, releasing painful emotions and memories, or tapping into their own deeper selves. Clients, from a wide variety of backgrounds are seen in individual, family or group counseling sessions based on their needs and preferences. Many clients have already been in therapy and come to me because they still have things to work on that they have been unsuccessful at achieving through traditional talk therapy.

Why do people come for therapy?

People come to psychotherapy for a number of reasons. Many individuals seek therapy for life transitions that involve “growing pains” such as family changes (births, deaths, marriage, divorce, remarriage, moving, or children leaving, new educational circumstances (a change in school, a return to school, or learning problems), or challenging work situations (such as adjustment to a new job, loss of a job, or dissatisfaction with current employment). Others come to therapy to adjust to life events involving loved ones (such as coping with problems of adult children) or to feel less anxious, depressed, confused, angry, worried, or upset. Some people come to explore patterns within their relationships and to develop more positive ways of interacting. Many clients have had traumatic experiences that continue to affect them and they wish to be free of this pain and struggle. Most are interested in personal growth to assist them in reaching their full potential and to break through barriers that block them from connecting with their own life passions more effectively and thoroughly.

Benefits of Therapy

How people benefit from therapy depends on the reasons why they initially seek therapy. However, generally, a person can expect to know him/herself better, feel more confident and have more of a greater sense of appreciation and self-acceptance.  At the end of therapy, a client can expect to feel positive emotions and emotional freedom more often. In addition, a person will develop more stability, self-knowledge, and control over emotions such as sadness, anxiety, anger, grief, and worry. He/she  is likely to be better able to achieve personal and relational goals; to problem solve difficult situations; to feel more satisfied with his\her life and relationships; to be less influenced by past traumas and/or struggles; to know his/her opinions and voice them; and to grow during life transitions and challenges. Children and adolescents will also behave in more age appropriate and adaptive ways, feel more confident about themselves and their relationships, have more positive emotions, manage difficult emotions more adaptively, communicate effectively,  achieve their goals more easily, and resume making progress in all aspects of their personal development.

Lori Chaikin, Psy.D, LMFT, ATR

License #43026

Art Therapy Registrant #15078

“May today there be peace within,

May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith 

        in yourself and others.           

May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love

        that has been given to you.

May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the

         freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.”

                                                                  - Anonymous