About Lori Weisman

Lori Weisman, MA, LMHC is a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice in Seattle, Washington. Early training in Speech Pathology gave her a thorough understanding of the intricacies of brain functioning. Later, as Clinical Director of brain injury centers in California and Utah, she witnessed the devastating effects on clients who have had a TBI. This unique skill set makes her an expert and explains why so many people seek her out for guidance and support. She has presented at conferences nationwide, consulted and trained therapists, and served as an expert witness.

Here are my most recent posts

Fighting Chronic Misunderstanding about Traumatic Brain Injury

By Lori Weisman, MA, LMHC I want to share with you my reaction to the recent news story reporting President Trump’s remarks about the concussions that American service members received from the blast in Iraq. The original number was 34, but as of January 29, the Pentagon reported over 50 troops sustained brain injuries. This tragedy and the news that followed went straight to my heart since what we heard about brain injury is so far from the truth. I specialize in helping clients with traumatic brain injury, and I have seen the very real and very debilitating fallout of such injuries. Here is some of what was said: “….I… Read more...

Psychotherapy is one or more processes to help improve psychological and emotional functioning. Examples are psychoanalysis, cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, Gestalt therapy, Transactional Analysis, Rational-Emotive therapy, or group therapy. Many forms of psychotherapy are blends of different approaches. For example, newer forms of psychotherapy called energy psychology draw upon recent advances in brain and neuroscience. These approaches often build on cognitive behavioral methods.

Clinical Psychologist. After graduating from college, it usually takes about five years of graduate school to get a Ph.D. in Psycholgy. It then requires an additional two years of supervision and passing a written (and often) an oral exam. There are a few states that allow psychologists to prescribe medications (with additional training) but that is uncommon.

Psychiatrist. After graduation from medical school, there is a generally a 4-year psychiatric residency. After the completion of this training, psychiatrists must pass an exam issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to obtain certification and legally practice in the field. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications.