Lori Twissell has lived in Yellowknife and worked throughout the Northwest Territories (NT) for over 20 years. She has travelled to almost every community in the NT and has worked with children, youth, adults, families, schools and community services providers. Lori has a Degree in Child and Youth Care; a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in School Counselling; a Certificate in Children’s Mental Health; and a Level 2 Certificate in CyberCounselling. Lori has a Professional Membership with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Lori has been providing mental health services to children, youth and families in a variety of settings for over 35 years. Lori has worked with individuals, couples and families experiencing trauma, conflict, family violence, substance abuse and grief; families with children with FASD and other developmental and behavioural disabilities; and parents involved in a separation or divorce. Lori has offered mental health and family support services in early childhood programs, schools, women’s shelters, community services and through private practice. She is comfortable communicating in-person and through phone, video-conferencing, email and text.
Lori works within a trauma-informed, family-focused approach based on resiliency and available capacity and supports in northern individuals, families and communities. Lori believes in the resiliency of everyone to determine their own future. Lori focuses on assisting everyone to understand their experience, recognize their own strengths and resources and identify available formal and informal supports. She also appreciates that all individuals and families have challenges at times but recognizes the potential of individuals and families to develop strategies and supports to manage these challenges.