Education and Experience:
Lorrie Peniston is a leader in the integration of Positive Psychology with traditional psychotherapy: creating a hybrid approach to counseling and therapy. She has more than three decades of experience in various professional roles working with adolescents, adults, couples and families.
Lorrie has worked in private practice in Bermuda for over 24 years. She has also worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction programs, employee and student assistance programs, and has provided consultation to corporate, military and educational systems.
Lorrie received her Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Individual and Family Studies from the College of Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University. She completed her thesis, The Processes Underlying Women’s Career Choices and Development, and graduated with Highest Distinction.
After working in the United States for eight years, Lorrie moved to Bermuda in 1994 and became an Employee Assistance Counselor at Benedict Associates, Ltd. She joined Transitions, Ltd. in 1995 as a psychotherapist. In 1999, Lorrie was appointed to the Mental Health Review Tribunal in Bermuda by the Minister of Health and Family Services, a position she still maintains. Lorrie opened her current practice, Synergy, Ltd. in 2005.
In 2010, Lorrie became one of the first 200 people to graduate with a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of The Flourishing Couple: Finding and Fostering the Best in Your Relationship, a program designed to cultivate relationship well-being in couples.
Lorrie received extensive post-graduate training in resilience and is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s elite resilience training team lead by Dr. Karen Reivich. The team provides resilience training internationally for education systems, law enforcement and the military.
Lorrie is a Collaborative Law coach, a Collaborative Law trainer and is a member of both the Collaborative Law Alliance in Bermuda and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Philosophy of Treatment
Your unique strengths can be leveraged to assist the therapeutic process and inform an individualized treatment plan. Lorrie’s goal is to work in partnership with you to co-construct a strategy to achieve meaningful and lasting change that will empower you to live your best life.
The process includes understanding the factors that have contributed to the problem, developing personal insight and learning skills to resolve issues. The goal is not just problem resolution but providing long lasting benefits and personal growth.
There are many types of therapy, and the research indicates that the effectiveness of any therapy depends on the client and the conditions. Therefore, Lorrie’s treatment approach is eclectic and integrative. She is experienced in a wide range of therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioral, insight-oriented, interpersonal, humanistic, attachment and family systems therapy. There is always a unique combination of problems and concerns that bring a client to therapy, and therefore each person receives an individualized treatment plan.
Lorrie is the only person in Bermuda to hold a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP). The goal of traditional psychotherapy is to eliminate suffering and get a person back to “normal,” and the goal of positive psychology is to get a person from “normal” to “thriving.” Traditional and positive psychotherapy interventions are compatible if used appropriately. After studying at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman and other distinguished leaders on the field of Positive Psychology, Lorrie incorporated the science of well-being into her best psychotherapeutic practices to create a unique, amalgam approach to therapy.
Research also shows the therapeutic relationship is much more important to the outcome of therapy than any specific treatment or theory. Lorrie is a perceptive, sensitive, intuitive, and engaging clinician who endeavors to create a therapeutic connection which fosters a safe and trusting relationship. The word “synergy” captures the energy that a good therapeutic connection builds: one that is unique and creates something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Lorrie’s wide range of experience, training, and wisdom help you to acquire insight, clarification, motivation and tools to reach your goals. As a team, therapy becomes a cooperative and elevating journey.
Lorrie is dedicated to providing the best therapy and consulting services for adolescents, adults, couples and families. She is committed to providing a confidential, compassionate, safe and supportive experience in order to identify issues, explore possibilities, change patterns, and thrive.
It takes courage and strength to seek help, and it is normal to feel uncertain or overwhelmed about where to begin the process of change. Lorrie is adept at clarifying and assessing your needs, considering your unique strengths and challenges and developing a plan to meet your goals. She has a deep and profound commitment to help you to achieve meaningful and lasting changes that empower you to heal, grow and live your best life.
Lorrie is also dedicated to providing educational opportunities on a variety of topics in order to “raise the bar on well-being" in the community. Seminars include practical and simple tools based on empirical research that can transform relationships, build resilience and improve well-being. Topics and content can be tailored to a range of audiences.
Lorrie enjoys time at home with her husband, son and two dogs. Bill, her partner for over 25 years, is a great cook and creative home engineer. Liam, their 20-year-old son, is a source of tremendous pride and currently studying medicine in the U.K. Bella and Buster have produced several litters of puppies that have contribute to the well-being of several families in Bermuda.
The Penistons love to savor the beauty of the island by boating, snorkeling, fishing and walking the Railway Trail. They also enjoy trivia, cards, games, golfing and gardening. Lorrie is an avid swimmer and novice (but improving) gig rower. She also designs and makes jewelry.
Raising the bar on well-being
TO HELP YOU GROW BEYOND BETTER.