Lori Woehler, PsyD
Description of Counselor/Practice
Clinical expertise working with people experiencing the effects of trauma, complex trauma, co-occurring disorders, substance and behavioral addictions.
Cultural areas of expertise include religious/faith (LDS, Seventh-day Adventist, Orthodox, Buddhist, Catholic, Christian), ethnoreligious groups (Jewish, Armenian, Amish), LGBTQIA, military/veteran, interfaith and multicultural marriage/family.
Psychological evaluation and neuropsychological assessment to inform accurate diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity, autism spectrum, complex trauma, mood and personality disorders, co-occurring disorders, developmental disorders, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and TBI.
Background and Training
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited) Antioch University Seattle (2021)
MA, Psychology Antioch University Seattle
BA, Liberal Studies-Psychology Antioch University Seattle
Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology – VA North Las Vegas Medical Center with year-long specialized rotations in evidenced-based treatment of trauma, addiction, and neuropsychological assessment
Postdoctoral Fellow – Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation residential treatment facility in Newberg, OR
Pre-doctoral Internship – Madigan Army Medical Center Child and Family Behavioral Health Services
Pre-doctoral Internship – Western State Hospital
Practicum – Antioch University Community Mental Health Clinic
Social Justice Practice – King Count Crisis Clinic (currently Crisis Connections)
Research focus: Behavioral addictions, trauma, and suicidality
Adjunct faculty Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Member American Psychological Association, Trauma Psychology (Division 56), Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50), Washington State Psychological Association, and Pacific Northwest Neuropsychological Society
Dr. Woehler’s unique early career experiences influenced her decision to pursue her doctorate and to focus on emerging issues arising from the intersectionality of technology, trauma, and addiction. She previously served on active duty in the United States Army, held civil service management roles focused on information/computer security, leadership roles for several early-stage startups, and Microsoft Corporation where her roles included Managing Director of global security and privacy consulting services, Director of global security programs, Chief of Staff, Senior Director of Online Services and Azure security, privacy, and compliance.
Dr. Woehler’s work is grounded in culturally-informed integration of theoretical orientations to include relational psychodynamic, attachment, cognitive, behavioral, family systems, and trauma-informed consideration for neurobiological development. She incorporates scientific advances and understanding the role of relational attachment to neurobiological development and how trauma can arise from lack of relational attachment. The relational psychodynamic approach respects all human beings are born with a primary need for relatedness and that relatedness is necessary for survival. Cognitive approaches are informed by how and what people think which leads to the arousal of emotions–certain thoughts and beliefs may lead to distressing emotions and behaviors. Behavioral approaches view all behaviors as learned responses to interactions with environmental stimuli. Family systems theory defines the family unit as a complex system in which members interact to influence each other’s behavior; the internal family systems model combines systems thinking with the view that the mind is comprised of relatively discrete subpersonalities, each with its own unique viewpoint and qualities.
Dr. Woehler is passionate about working with each person with respect for their unique goals, preferences, and circumstances. She integrates evidence-based treatment with culturally-informed practice of Relational Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Gestalt, Integrated Family Systems (IFS), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Somatic Psychotherapies, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Strategic Family Therapy (SFT), Trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT), and trauma-informed modalities.
Dr. Woehler provides group treatment focused on trauma and addiction (Early Recovery and Seeking Safety), Sex and Pornography Addiction, Skill Training in Affective Regulation (STAIR), Grief and Loss, Mindfulness, CBT for Chronic Pain, Shame Resilience, Relationship Skills, and processing groups focused on life changes and transitions.
Psychological Evaluation and Neuropsychological Assessment
Dr. Woehler conducts psychological evaluations and neuropsychological testing for children, adolescents, and adults. Her approach to assessment reflects her commitment to help clients and their families with thorough, personalized, standardized and evidence-based testing to inform accurate diagnosis, generate individualized recommendations for treatment planning, and support access to appropriate and timely evidence-based treatment when indicated. Her scope of assessment practice includes Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, general intelligence/cognitive abilities, neurocognitive disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, or traumatic brain injuries, and disorders involving mood, personality, addictions, trauma/complex trauma, or co-occurring disorders.