Dr. Lori Magnuson

    Lori has worked for over 25 years in rehabilitation counseling and higher education. Her employment experience includes job coaching and job development, client advocacy, vocational rehabilitation counseling, continuing education, and secondary education at the community college and four-year, and graduate levels. In 1998 she completed a Master’s degree at Seattle University in community agency counseling, including an internship at Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities, which specializes in serving the mental health and case management needs of the LGBTQ community.

    After Lori earned her doctoral degree in Rehabilitation and Counselor Education from The University of Iowa, she returned to Seattle Counseling Service in October 2012 as a volunteer therapist while teaching rehabilitation counseling full-time at Western Washington University. Although Lori identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community, she found the concerns and visibility of the population have changed dramatically since her counseling experience in the late 1990s, and in turn these changes require willingness from counselors in all specialties to learn, grow, and expand their skills and knowledge. Lori is also deeply familiar with the cultural and religious challenges faced by professionals who may find their perspectives challenged by the demands of ethical practice when working with clients who embody differences that may cause counselor discomfort.