Valerie Lorig, LPC

Faculty Instructor
BA Psychology
MEd, Counseling; BA, Transpersonal Psychology
BA Psychology, BA Psychology Online
The Psychology of Mindfulness Meditation; Learning From Trauma: Understanding its Effects and Building Personal Resources; Hakomi Somatics; Awakening Compassion; Transpersonal Psychology; Senior Seminar 1; Senior Seminar 2; Career: Field Placement

Valerie Lorig, MEd, LPC, has been a Faculty Instructor in the BA Psychology Program since 2008 and has developed a number of course curriculum for the program. A Licensed Professional Counselor, she is trained in Hakomi Somatic Therapy, Brainspotting, EMDR, PACT Couples Therapy, trauma therapy, and contemplative mindfulness-based methods. Working with individuals and couples at her psychotherapy practice, Auspicious Coincidence Counseling, her work informs the courses that she teaches. A meditation practitioner and student of Buddhism for many years, she attended the Naropa Institute as a young seeker and studied with the founder, Trungpa Rinpoche. She has lead retreats and meditation programs throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and India. As the former art director for Silverwave Records, a Native American Record Label, her work with Native artists garnered awards and Grammys. Starting as a young designer at Rolling Stone Magazine in New York City, she eventually moved to Colorado and made Boulder her home where she raised three beautiful grown children.

  • What is Trauma?
  • Attachment Theory, Attunement, Co-Regualtion, Window of Tolerance
  • ACEs Adverse Childhood Experiences; Trauma and Public Health
  • Self-Care, Healing Principles of Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness
  • Trauma and the Brain
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Growth
  • Somatic Experiencing Hakomi Character Strategies
  • Contact and Tracking in Hakomi
  • Brainspotting: A Brief Overview

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

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