Loriann Hoff Oberlin, MS, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a private practice on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in Montgomery County, Maryland. She’s also the author of ten non-fiction books regarding relationships, parenting, divorce, and psychological issues as well as writing and working from home. This breadth of material speaks to Ms. Oberlin’s vast life experience.
Having earned her B.A. in liberal arts at Westminster College, she worked in Western Pennsylvania before moving to Maryland in 2001. Ms. Oberlin earned her master’s degree and post-master’s certificate in clinical counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She worked in community mental health, at the second busiest hospital emergency department in Maryland, and in a practice before establishing her own. Further training has included: 40-hr divorce mediation, 20-hr child access, and 5-day collaborative law training in addition to two levels of Gottman Method Couples Therapy Workshops.
Loriann counts separation, divorce, single parenthood, remarriage, stepfamily formation and retooling a career in midlife among her journeys and accomplishments. Because she has taught others how to achieve their own publishing or entrepreneurial dreams, she thinks creatively and offers such modalities as well as a strong base of cognitive-behavioral and family systems approaches in her work with clients.
Ms. Oberlin works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She takes a keen interest in those who have ADHD or learning challenges, helping parents to develop strategies for their child’s success, and assisting couples or individual discern whether their relationship goals have gotten off track and can be rekindled. She also can guide those who must cope with difficult people — whether at home or at work — as they seek to find their own assertive voice, empower themselves, and thereby, improve their relationships as well as their futures.
Loriann Oberlin has spoken before employee groups and colleagues, sharing her expertise on various topics. She is a member of the Maryland Counseling Association, the Maryland Writers’ Association, and the Eastern Shore Writers Association, where she has served on the planning committee for several Bay to Ocean Writers Conferences. She presented about “the writing life” at the 2015 event and will discuss “writing difficult people” in 2017.
Ms. Oberlin’s latest non-fiction book is the thorough revision of Overcoming Passive-Aggression: How to Stop Hidden Anger from Spoiling Your Relationships, Career and Happiness, co-authored with Congressman Tim Murphy, Ph.D. (Perseus, 2016). Congressman Murphy is a champion for fixing our nation’s broken mental health system, as his landmark legislation H.R. 2646 passed the House in a landslide vote in July 2016.
Together, they also wrote The Angry Child (Three Rivers Press, 2002). Loriann has written Surviving Separation and Divorce: A Woman’s Guide to Regaining Control, Building Strength & Confidence, and Securing a Financial Future (Adams Media, 2005). While her books on writing and working from home are no longer in print, she is working on an e-Book series to share her publishing knowledge with today’s aspiring writers.
In between, she has managed to write contemporary women’s fiction under the pseudonym Lauren Monroe, where her characters balance work/love/parenting…and manage to stay happy! Loriann is married and the mother of two adult sons.
Having taught many years of adult continuing education, Loriann provides coaching for colleagues in private practice and individuals facing particular challenges.