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December 2018 - Dr. Cortman & Associates | Psychologist | Emotional Healing

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Melissa ‘Lou’ Koerner, LCSW

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Melissa ‘Lou’ Koerner is a licensed therapist who attended graduate school at Fordham University in New York City then earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of South Carolina in 2000. She became licensed in clinical social work in 2013.

Areas of expertise are with adults, geriatrics, kids/teens, and families struggling with any of the following: depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, ADHD, personality disorders, grief, adjustment issues, parenting challenges, adoption, foster care, and infertility issues.  She has also had extensive training and practice working with individuals of all ages who have experienced trauma. Lou is progressive in her treatment approaches and is informed about neuroscience and the impact of trauma on the brain. Theraplay is her preferred modality in working with young children, which is structured and evidence-based modality, not just play therapy.  In treating depression and anxiety, Lou uses a variety of approaches both cognitive and behavioral.

There are many, many paths to healing and Lou trusts that each person is the expert in themselves and will provide her with a roadmap to tailor an effective and efficient plan for change.


Lora Aviles, LCSW

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Lora Aviles is a licensed therapist who provides individual, couples, and family counseling to teenagers, adults, and geriatrics. Lora believes in the importance of overall health: emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Lora received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of South Florida in 2005.  She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2009. She has been counseling patients since 2005 and has over 6,000 patient hours. Areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, family issues, abuse recovery, anger management, self-harm, trauma, dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities), divorce, interpersonal relationship skills, and adjustment issues. Lora uses cognitive behavioral therapy in her sessions as well as mindfulness, client-centered therapy, humanistic practices and problem-solving therapies.

It is important to Lora that each patient feels respected to ensure that they can flourish while in therapy. It is her goal to create a relationship with each patient that is filled with honesty and support wherever possible.


Keep Pain in the Past:
Getting Over Trauma, Grief and the Worst That’s Ever Happened to You

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Heal psychological wounds on your own

Move on from the emotional trauma of your past: Contrary to what many people believe, we can recover from emotional trauma relatively quickly and completely on our own, without thousands of dollars spent on therapists. Whether it’s extreme trauma such as sexual abuse or the horrors of war or less dramatic, but psychologically speaking just as serious wounds involving shame and guilt, we don’t need to spend years in intensive therapy to recover. Keep Pain in the Past explains a process that allows you to do most, if not all, of the recovery on your own.

Train yourself in psychological self-healing: While most people know what they can do on their own to treat physical ills—like using ice on a muscle sprain—they don’t realize that they can apply certain psychological principles to treat anxiety, depression and many other conditions. Keep Pain in the Past will teach you the critical 21st-century skill of treating psychological wounds on your own.

Treat yourself and heal old wounds: As much as people may suspect that some trauma from their past is affecting them negatively, they struggle to do anything about it. They take refuge in denial, avoidance or addictions rather than grapple with that long-ago emotional pain—because honestly, surfacing that pain hurts. Keep Pain in the Past will help you identify and face this pain and find closure on your own. Use Dr. Chris Cortman’s easy-to-master method to remember, feel, express, release, and reframe the trauma that has been haunting you for years.

Learn from the success of others: Follow their example in healing yourself. Discover how Sheri, a 37-year-old attorney, recovered from panic attacks that seemed to come out of nowhere. Follow the journey of Mark, a 29-year-old Army veteran who experienced the horror of war in Afghanistan, as he healed from the downward spiral that had caused him to lose his job and become increasingly uncommunicative with his family. Explore how Melinda, a 42-year-old professor who struggled to sustain a romantic relationship, confronted her torturous childhood and has now found love that is still going strong after three years.

Keep Pain in the Past achieves what conventional therapy does not. After reading this book, you will be able to: Confront the emotional baggage of your past Reach closure by completing the event Discover a life unhaunted by the trauma of your past

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