About Loriann

loriannLoriann Hoff Oberlin, MS, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a private practice offering teletherapy to Maryland residents and with a presence on the 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’s been a member of the American Counseling Association, Maryland Counseling Association, the Maryland Writers’ Association, and the Eastern Shore Writers Association, where she served on the planning committee for several Bay to Ocean Writers Conferences as well as presented on various topics.

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 Tim Murphy, Ph.D. (Perseus, 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 individuals facing particular challenges. She is licensed in the state of Maryland by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.

Writing Career

Loriann Oberlin is the author of eleven non-fiction books and two novels under a pen name, working on a third. That creative side is part of her being, and she’s helped numerous clients with their own creative energies to find meaning in their vocations or avocations using their talents. For five years she volunteered on the planning committee of the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference and planned the program and speakers her final two years.

Writing is often an isolated endeavor, but occasionally, Loriann attends book events and signings to interact with book buyers and the public. Years ago, an astute viewer alerted Loriann that one of her books was featured in a major motion picture The Other Woman starring Natalie Portman. It was very cool to see the book’s brief cameo appearance. Take a look.

Upon launch, Loriann appeared as an expert on the former talk show Sally Jesse Raphael and when the book was revised, she gave several interviews such as the one you can watch here.

Psychology Today featured Overcoming Passive Aggression in a two-page article when it was first released. Read more here. See this website’s blog page for more on this topic.

The Washington Post quoted Ms Oberlin about passive-aggressive bosses, and she wrote a feature on understanding passive-aggression for Counseling Today in 2006 here

In recent years, she has been interviewed by First for Women, Buzzfeed, Fatherly, as well as New Hampshire NPR and Sirius XM Radio. Many of the books she has written, or those she recommends, can provide supportive self-help. Click on the book page to browse the variety of book, film, and fun resources she often recommends.