Lori Vaughn


About Me

My name is Lori Vaughn and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker in South Carolina. I have 10+ years of experience in counseling. I've worked in various settings as well as with a wide variety of populations from all socioeconomic back grounds. My experience and knowledge includes working with those dealing with severe mental illness (schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety, depression, anger management, OCD, bipolar, grief and loss) as well as with the LGBT community, families, individuals, and couples. I've also been trained in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Over the years I've worked in a homeless shelter, hospital, hospice, HIV/AIDS service organization, and an outpatient mental health clinic.

With regards to providing therapy for individuals within the LGBT community: I think it's important that they have a place to be themselves, explore their identity, and work on any issues that they are struggling with, without fear of judgement. Being in a same-sex relationship for the past 15 years and married for 3, I understand the struggles that same-sex partners encounter in their everyday lives. I want my clients to know that I can sympathize and empathize with what they are going through and that I'm here to help them get through it.

My counseling style is tailored to the individual's needs. I believe it is important for a therapist to meet the client where they are....and not where the therapist thinks they should be! I find that utilizing cognitive behavioral, experiential, solution-focused and family-systems therapy can be beneficial to many clients. I believe being non-judgemental, empathetic, caring and honest are important elements in establishing and maintaining a trusting relationship between the therapist and the client.

It can be hard to ask for help. But doing so is the first step in healing and resolving whatever issues have brought you here. I believe everyone has a story and this is a chapter. I would be honored to hear your story and assist you in "writing" a new "chapter" of your life! I look forward to working with you...


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship, Family, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LISW #8268 (Expires: 2018-12-31)


Written by S.A. on Apr 29, 2018 after counseling with Lori for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, sleeping, and self esteem

I have enjoyed working with Lori very much! She is extremely helpful and always encouraging.

Written by B.A. on Jan 05, 2018 after counseling with Lori for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

So far Lori has been very responsive and very patient with me. That I appreciate very much!

Written by J.A. on Sep 19, 2017 after counseling with Lori for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Lori is a great counselor. She listens to your problems and tells you what she thinks, not what you want to hear. Her end goal is to help you become a better person by giving you skills and strategies for dealing with problems, instead of just listening to your problems and offering advice. I would highly recommend Lori.

Written by C.A. on Sep 04, 2017 after counseling with Lori for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family, grief, self esteem, and anger

Lori is a great counselor. She listens to me, and helps me see what I need to do. She encourages me and believes in me. She gets to the problem and tries to find ways for me to practice doing the things I need to do. She checks in on me regularly. I am heading in the right direction now that Lori is helping me.

Written by A.N. on Aug 31, 2017 after counseling with Lori for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I am definitely in a better place than I was a few months ago. Lori helped me realize that I probably have adult ADD and gave me tools to deal with it. She also held me accountable in setting healthy boundaries. Lori cares a lot and I really appreciate her help during a trying time in my life. Thanks, Lori!

Written by C.H. on Jun 17, 2017 after counseling with Lori for 1 month on issues concerning lgbt, and trauma and abuse

Wow. What can I say? Let me start by saying I highly recommend Lori Vaughn. I have grown tremendously in a month's time. Before doing counseling with Lori, I was overwhelmed and bogged down with so much emotional baggage from my past. I desperately needed to write a new chapter and embrace parts of myself that I had kept hidden for years out of shame and guilt. Now, I have been given the tools that I need to embrace myself fully and completely. Lori is very caring, she does not judge, and she offers insight that will help you get to a healthier state of mind. I am very grateful to have worked with Lori and am looking forward to the next chapter of my life. Thank you Lori :-)