Dori believes that therapy requires a strong, trusting, supportive relationship between therapist and client(s), and it is through that relationship that growth and healing can be accomplished. With both counselor, and clients working toward a common goal of wellness, clients have the opportunity to make a conscious choice about action. Whether this action is a personal redirection in order to accomplish goals, or a strong attempt to connect with oneself and with those around them, Dori is confident that she can offer this relationship in a relaxed setting where transformation can begin.
Throughout life, people encounter changes but sometimes these shifts become more arduous than anticipated; we feel overwhelmed and even lost. Seeking therapy is the first step to helping and loving yourself. Although the courage required can feel immense, clients can find resolution in their action to seek help, and begin on a journey of growth and healing. Dori Lewis believes that through counseling, clients learn to develop the tools needed to help themselves navigate their way through these tough times that feel overwhelming. With a strong relationship that provides necessary support, clients will develop ways to use their tools in the world and begin to create lasting growth and wellness within themselves, and in their lives with others. As the artist must have tools to practice his craft, so the client must develop tools to create the masterpiece that is their life.
At Foundations, Dori Lewis works to help clients seeking support for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to:
- Individual – attachment issues, anxiety, bipolar disorder, issues of race and multiculturalism, depression, PTSD, trauma, sexual trauma and recovery, stress reduction, self-care, self-esteem
- Family – family systems therapy, adoption and foster care, blended family, parenting
- Children and Adolescent – play therapy, trauma assessment, abuse and trauma recovery, PTSD, attachment issues, school related issues
- Marriage and Couples – divorce recovery, affair recovery, communication issues, sexual issues, trauma and recovery, alternative relationships, conflict resolution
- Life Changes and Transitions – career counseling and assessment, grief and loss, pet loss, spiritual counseling, existential therapy, gender identity development, sexual identity development, life stages and cycles
Dori Lewis earned her dual masters degree from Columbia University in New York with a Master of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Counseling. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Muhlenberg College. Additionally, she was invited to become a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society during her graduate studies at Columbia. Dori is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of New York.
Dori has experience working with children and families in the foster care system. Her work primarily focused on children, families and couples, as well as individuals who experienced severe trauma. Dori has extensive knowledge of PTSD, sexual abuse dynamics and interventions, and teaching parenting skills courses geared toward parenting children with extensive trauma, and behavior issues. Dori has a strong background in play therapy and assessment, as well as suicide prevention and safety planning in an outpatient community mental health setting. Lastly, while attending Columbia University, Dori was provided the opportunity to focus her graduate studies on gender and sexuality coursework and developed competency in gender and sexual identity development, as well as socio-political issues surrounding the subject matter.
Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
– Miguel Ruiz