Lori Smith, LCSW

Lori Smith, LCSW

Lori has worked for over 30 years with those who have experienced difficulties with life transitions, as well as challenges with depression, anxiety, or family conflicts. Acutely aware that life can pull the rug out from underneath us with an unexpected life or traumatic experience, Lori has worked with survivors of violence and traumatic loss. She has loved ones who live with mental illness and knows the burden that this can place on the loved one and other family members. Lori graduated from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She holds a certificate in family dynamics from the Center for Family Consultation. She also received advanced training in pastoral counseling and theology at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Lori deeply appreciates the toll that trauma work takes on first responders and helping professionals. She has developed workshops, trainings, and clinical strategies to help those who serve and protect others. Lori has trained new detectives at the Chicago Police Academy, leaders and front line DCFS workers, clergy and spiritual leaders, and other mental health professionals. She has taught at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and DePaul University.


Lori offers families who have experienced estrangement due to a range of life circumstances, a safe therapeutic environment to begin to heal. Her reunification services always begin with an assessment and development of plan for safe and measured reunification. Ms. Smith’s expertise makes her especially helpful in cases involving concerns about a parent’s/parents’ potential substance abuse and/or mental health conditions. Lori also has extensive experience in matters involving allegations of child physical and/or sexual abuse and domestic violence.

“Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and wisdom.”
― M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

Contact: lori@thecognitiveclinic.com


Lori is available for new clients on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. She is in network with BCBS PPO, Cigna, AETNA, and United Healthcare.