I was born and raised in Colchester, CT with my family where we loved to be outside, whether that be swimming, four-wheeling, hiking, or having late-night bonfires and camping afterwards. Dancing competitively growing up was formative for me in leading me to my passion for people and movement. I moved to Durango in the summer of 2015 when I began my college education at Fort Lewis studying Psychology.
I attended Fort Lewis College for three years and graduated Magna Cum Laude with my bachelor’s degree in Psychology in December 2018. During the last semester of undergrad, I was a teaching assistant for Dr. Brian Burke’s Counseling Skills course where I originally found my calling for clinical work. This led me to think about what else I am capable of in terms of serving others and this is when I applied for the DU GSSW Four Corners program. I followed my passion for clinical work in my internship with the FLC Counseling Center, where I have been honing my skills as a social worker. I hope to take this calling for meeting people where they are at with my love for dance to integrate the two in a movement therapy practice in the future. Working with and resiliently healing historical trauma is very important to me as well. I feel empowered in my identity as a Native woman and hope to support our Indigenous students along that journey of healing and growth as well.
I will be graduating with my MSW in June of 2020 from the University of Denver, School of Social Work.
I’m due to graduate with a MA in Counseling in 2021, which sounds like some "stardate" in The Future to me, and is also right around the corner. I’ve been in SW Colorado since 2014—drawn here by the wilderness: the tiny wildflowers in the high country, the delicate piñon-juniper forests, and the endlessly surprising canyons of nearby Cedar Mesa. When I went to college a million years ago, I learned how important wild spaces are to me, and having the freedom to play in them.
Discovering new things lights me up—mostly if they’re about the experience of being human, and of being in relationship. As I enter the second half of life, I’m committed to living in contribution, and in authentic connection with my family, friends and community. This is what’s brought me to the field of counseling. Seems to me that most of us just want to be part of something where we feel safe and appreciated. Often easier said than done, I like to think I can support some folks in creating that for themselves.
Currently, I work in the Marketing & Communications Department at FLC. I run in the woods as much as I can, eat good food with my partner, build living room forts with her daughter, and snuggle with our dogs and cats, usually with a novel in hand and a cup of coffee nearby.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology, I have been passionately serving in the healthcare field since 1987. My first steps on this path were as a parent educator, labor doula, and massage therapist in the hospital setting. It was an honor to support individuals and families as they confront difficult decisions and major life transitions. At times of my own personal crisis, the insights and understanding of a compassionate therapist changed my life. It is in this light, that I was drawn to pursue my master's degree in social work to become a licensed clinical counselor.
Central to my approach in therapy is the belief that there are many paths to the same destination. It is through a team approach that we non-judgmentally explore a person's reason's for seeking counseling with a sense of curiosity. With a holistic framework of wellness, I incorporate an evolving variety of techniques into practice including mindfulness, body-based awareness, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I consider it a privilege to accompany others on their journey toward optimal mental health and wellness.
As my partner and I navigate the joys and challenges of a bi-racial relationship, my awareness, humility and compassion for issues of diversity and cultural acceptance have become an integral part of everyday life. I am, also, the proud mother of two grown children and a doting grandmother for my grandson and two step-grandchildren. I am nurtured by having my hands in the garden, hiking in nature, traveling, and laughing with friends.
I think that human relationships are the reason that we are here and I see counseling as an avenue to deepen these and develop them through our communities. Through our conversations together, I support individuals as they explore their identity, relationships, and growth. I have an eclectic therapeutic style and have learned through various treatment modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Crisis Intervention.
After my undergraduate studies, I worked primarily in outdoor education and non-traditional school settings where I gained experience working with individuals and communities in the wilderness. This work still impacts my personal and professional life, as I continue to find solace and connection in the outdoors. I enjoy spending time adventuring and being in our beautiful neighborhood. I am a big fan of going on difficult adventures and ending right back where I started with feelings of gratitude and accomplishment. I also love cooking and eating with my community.
I hope that my work with students will allow us both to learn and grow together in a way that ultimately strengthens our Fort Lewis community. By developing deeper bonds and instilling belief in our unique identities, I believe that we can be our fullest selves.
Lori Notor Hughes
I am changing careers and loving it! This is my second year at the Counseling Center, and I will be graduating in June. Being at the Center is my favorite thing!
I have lived many places and have a diverse career background. From time as a park ranger, to working as an environmental professional in the oil and gas industry, to finding my calling in social work, I have been given the gift of broad life experience. I believe this enhances my ability to work with clients from a variety of backgrounds. My top goal is building a strong relationship with, you, my client. I look forward to walking alongside you on your path.
I am a counseling intern and working towards earning my Master’s Degree in Counseling from Adams State University. I have been working to help people for many years at Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Colorado, and I appreciate building connection with people on a deeper level. I believe that when we face difficult situations human connections are vital to helping us through those situations. I have been living and working in Durango since 2005 and love to read, snowboard, and hang out with my dogs.
I am currently working on my Master’s in Social Work from University of Denver and will graduate in 2020. I was drawn to the counseling field because I have a lifelong passion for helping others.
I see myself as a non-judgmental person who is easy to talk to and can often relate to how many students are feeling. I view counseling from a social justice perspective, often noticing how people can tap into their full potential when they have the right support. I enjoy supporting others during difficult times, listening to people share their stories, and helping individuals take steps to improve their lives.
Before joining the Counseling Center, I worked for a variety of organizations in the fields of disaster relief, environmental conservation, and at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The accomplishment I am most proud of was starting a housing assistance program for crime victims who are experiencing homelessness.
While originally from the Midwest, I moved to Durango in 2013 to serve in AmeriCorps and now call this beautiful area my home. I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, cross-country skiing, dancing, and cooking.