Dr. Lori Puterbaugh is licensed
in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy in Florida. She is a Clinical Fellow of the American
Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, and a Nationally Certified
Counselor. She is also an instructor in graduate and undergraduate programs in
the areas of psychology and counseling. She has completed levels I and II trainings through the Gottman Institute, which has greatly enhanced her ability to provide effective couples counseling.
Marriage & Family Therapy
Her PhD is in Family Psychology,
and she has continued to take many more hours of training than required to
develop solid, research-based skills in helping couples overcome
difficulties. Trust, friendship,
communication and a shared mission as a couple are essential parts of a joyful
relationship, and are aspects that can be enriched through counseling and
Rather than have clients feel dependent on the counselor, or as if
therapy may never end, her preferred approach is to use each session as a
combination of counseling and coaching, with clients departing with specific plans
to work on the relationship between sessions.
You wouldn’t work with a personal trainer without working out between
sessions, and marriage counseling works the same way.
What can I expect in marriage counseling?
The first session will usually be with the couple together. Prior to the
session, you will receive paperwork and a questionnaire by email; in session,
you’ll receive another questionnaire and SASE to return it at your earliest
convenience. Some couples prefer to have
a solo session each after the first session; others come back together for the
second session. You will receive a
report that shows the strengths and challenges indicated by your questionnaires
as well as suggested, research-based strategies to address each concern. This becomes the platform for specific
planning and homework.
Dr. Lori has extensive experience
in individual therapy. Here, too, you
can expect to have science, coaching in strategies and specific homework integrated
to help you apply insights to your life.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy combined with other lifestyle changes are
an optimal approach to anxiety, depression and many sleep problems. Special for post-9/11 veterans, military personnel and their families: Dr. Lori Puterbaugh is an approved provider through the Camaraderie Foundation, which provides scholarships to cover the cost of individual, couple and family counseling for these veterans, military personnel and their families.
Community Service, Research and
Dr. Lori Puterbaugh is involved
in community service, including a volunteer for Spirit FM 90.5, the Catholic
Radio ministry of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. You can hear her most Mondays at about 5:30 PM! Previous community service has included parent education, grief ministry and customized mental-health themed newsletters for church and school communities.
Dr. Puterbaugh has recently published Toxic Mythology: Breaking Free of Popular Lies and Cultural Poison, published by Wipf and Stock Publishers and available through your favorite bookseller. She is the American Thought Editor for USA Today Magazine, a non-profit
academic publication. She has published
numerous articles, including peer-reviewed articles in the area of grief
counseling, communication skills as a treatment for depression, and therapeutic
interventions for sleep problems.
Lori has been married nearly 31 years. She is a joyful wife, mom and
Nana. When she’s not working you
may find her enjoying the out of doors, reading, creating art, or baking. She is a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church
and was commissioned in Lay Pastoral Ministry in 2005.