Who We Are

Founder & Counselor

Lori Corrigan, MA, LCPC is a board certified and licensed clinical counselor with 20 years experience helping people to learn, heal and grow in their personal and professional lives.  Lori holds advance training in stress reduction and treating symptoms of anxiety and depression.  She facilitates individual, group and family counseling as well as workshops and presentations for community organizations and businesses.  Lori previously worked with kids, families, schools and community organizations as a clinical counselor in the Cook County Juvenile Court legal system, and currently in private practice she counsels kids, adults, families and small businesses on how to strengthen their quality of life.

Lori meets her clients where they are at in life and seeks to understand their unique story and worldview.  Lori provides her clients with and open, safe, non-judgmental environment to address important life issues, and she offers  support, motivation, guidance, education and empowerment to help people and organizations experience improved health and well being.  Lori utilizes cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapeutic interventions (CBT and DBT), which involves regular practice of Mindfulness skills and exploration of thoughts, feelings, coping skills, communication styles and self-efficacy.  Lori is trained and certified in Mindfulness, which is a psychological concept that proposes a ‘wise minded’ approach to life.  Mindful living is clinically proven to help reduce stress and anxiety, increase mental focus, strengthen social-emotional functioning and enhance overall well-being.

Lori strives to live life from a holistic and humanistic perspective.  She believes it is important to remember that we are all complex human beings living in a dynamic world.  Living mindfully in the here and now of life and taking things moment to moment can help foster inner peace and life balance in the often hectic pace of daily life.  Lori believes that people learn and grown in different ways, so she employs both traditional talk therapy as well as alternative experiential, arts and animal-assisted therapeutic techniques in her clinical practice.

Lori believes life is a gift that comes with ups and downs where we all need support and understanding at one time or another.  Lori’s mission in life personally and professionally is to be there for others and to give back where she can.  In her personal life, Lori treasures her family and friends and experiencing all that life has to offer.  Lori is an avid volunteer, traveler and a nature and dog enthusiast.  She enjoys learning about new things and being outdoors, preferably near water or on a beach.  One of Lori’s favorite motivational life quotes is by retired professional hockey player Wayne Gretzky – “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.

You can contact Lori directly at 847-497-0524 or email Lori@FoundationsCounselingCenter.org.

Foundations Counseling Philosophy

We believe the key to living a healthy and fulfilled life lies in nurturing all aspects of our multi-faceted being. In order to live a well-rounded life, it is important to foster each and every part of our being in order to create a balanced life. At FOUNDATIONS Counseling & Education Center we provide a safe environment for individuals, couples and families to explore struggles and issues they face. The following are descriptions of our counseling and education approaches:

Traditional Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavior therapy is a therapeutic intervention that addresses how thoughts effect emotions and behavior.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy is a therapeutic technique that is designed to foster acceptance and change utilizing mindfulness principles in conjunction with education regarding distress tolerance, emotion regulation and personal effectiveness skills.

Family Systems Theory (FST) 

Family Systems Theory is a therapeutic method that examines personal issues within the context of a multigenerational family or system.

Strength Based Solution Focused Therapy (SBSF)

Strength based and solution focused therapy is a therapeutic intervention that utilizes one’s strengths to provide time-framed and realistic solutions for short-term goal attainment.

Alternative Therapy

Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy

Animal assisted activities and therapy utilizes the human-animal relationship to promote healthy stress management skills, positive social-emotional functioning and literacy development.

Experiential Learning and Therapy

Experiential learning is a process where people develop enhanced skills and new ways of thinking in the present moment via direct experiences.

Arts-Based Therapy

Art therapy is the process of creating and reflecting upon art to allow for creative self-expression. This method increases awareness and insight, decreases stress and anxiety, enriches personal and interpersonal development and brings about higher cognitive functioning.