Lori Vann received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, graduating Cum Laude, from Pepperdine University. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Chapman University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Ms. Vann has been licensed in the State of Texas as a professional counselor since 2001 and a LPC intern supervisor since 2003. She started practicing counseling in 1998 while at Chapman University's community clinic.
Lori Vann is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor who has practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, and the non-profit sector. Throughout the years she has received many accolades from clients and colleagues. She has been nicknamed the "teen whisperer" for her ability to work with challenging teen cases.
Ms. Vann is in the process of writing two books, one of which is on the subject of self-mutilation. To date she has worked with over 310 individuals who have some history of self-harm, consulted on numerous injury cases for colleagues & her interns, and has given approximately 40 presentations on the topic. She has been running a self-injury support/therapy group for females ages 13 to 18 and one for adult females. In May 2013, she is breaking new ground by offering a support group for the caregivers of injurers. These groups are the only groups of their kind in the DFW area. Ms. Vann has been called the "local expert" and "guru" on self-injury. She was recently featured in Dallas Child & Ft. Worth Child Magazines in April regarding the topic os self injury in elementary aged children. On June 1st, she will be offering a 6 hour self injury seminar that will cover information not previously addressed in other injury seminars.
In addition to her area of expertise in self-injury, Ms. Vann also works with those who have boundary issues of one form or another, perfectionists, those who have control issues, people who wish to be more assertive in their daily lives, and those struggling with low self-esteem. Other areas that she has much experience with include Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar I and II), all types of Anxiety Disorders (Panic Attacks, Social Phobia, Gen. Anxiety D/O, PTSD), Adjustment Disorders, some Impulse Control Disorders, those struggling with substance abuse or recovery, and individuals who have a history of abuse (emotional, physical, sexual).
Most recently, Ms. Vann has been interviewed by CW33 nightly news ten times, CBS 11, KERA, GL (Girls Life Magazine), Hollywoodlife.com (multiple times), Dallas Child Magazine, the Lewisville Leader, The Colony Courier, The Carrollton Leader, & North Lake College's paper regarding her professional experiences with self-injurers and the support group. Chattanooga Parenting Magazine spoke with Ms. Vann for a story that appeared in their February 2010 edition on parenting teens; it was distributed to over 40,000 individuals including every teenager in that school district. In January 2010, she was interviewed for Health to You magazine regarding teen stressors and what parents can do to help. She has also given interviews for XandYCommunications/Deserve What You Want internet radio regarding boundary issues, James Rick's Full Potential radio show in California on boundary issues, Dr. Stan Frager's radio show in Kentucky regarding self-injury, and Dr. Harris' radio show in November 2012 regarding dating and self injury. Ms. Vann was asked to conduct possible television guest interviews for a local television show RAW--Real Authentic Women hosted by Janee Harrell.
The NEWS page has a listing of the additional projects that she has worked with over the years, including the most recent magazine articles regarding celebrities who are suspected of injuring.
For a list of speaking engagements and topics, go to the Presentations page