Loriann Oberlin

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Practice Information


About Loriann

Loriann Hoff Oberlin, MS, LCPC is a licensed clinical professional counselor.

She maintains a private practice on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Talbot County and Montgomery County, Maryland. She’s also the author of nine non-fiction books — from health, relationships, parenting, social and psychological issues to writing and working from home. This breadth of material speaks to Ms. Oberlin’s diverse interests and life experience.

Having earned her bachelor’s in liberal arts from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, Ms. Oberlin lived and worked in Western Pennsylvania before moving to Maryland in 2001. In 2012, Loriann became a full-time resident of the Eastern Shore, making Easton her primary practice location. She’s married, the mother of two college age sons, and has the life experience of separation, divorce, single parenthood, remarriage, and stepfamily formation. In addition, she’s taught many aspiring writers how to achieve their own publishing dreams, thus she appreciates and uses some creative modalities in her practice.

With this knowledge and research base, Loriann earned her master’s degree in clinical counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and completed the post-master’s program as well. In 2014, the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, that subsumes the counseling program, was ranked #1 in the country among graduate schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

As a therapist, she’s worked in community mental health, at the second busiest hospital emergency department in Maryland, and in a group practice before establishing her own counseling practice. Loriann has completed the 40-hr divorce mediation and child access training, to help parents mediate disputes in order to be effective co-parents finding workable arrangements.

She has participated in many continuing education opportunities, including these below:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy and evidenced-based techniques to treat anxiety
  • Emotional manipulation & co-dependency in relationships
  • Family systems, expressive therapies, and understanding psychopharmacology
  • Using the DSM-5 with Children, Youth, Couples & Families
  • The habits of happy people

  • Level One—Gottman Couples Therapy: A Research-Based Approach
  • Making Relationships Work/John Gottman, Ph.D.
  • Aftermath of a Fight: How Couples Can Create Post-Battle Repair/Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D.
  • Surviving Infidelity and Affairs

  • Executive functioning & the disorganized child
  • Play therapy for children & teen social scene & Internet usage
  • Childhood developmental disorders
  • Relational aggression in girls/social networking
  • The voice of the child in high-conflict divorce & the court process
  • Marriage, divorce, stepfamilies, and family systems theory
  • Divorce mediation and child access/custody training

  • Anger management and personality traits
  • Research symposium on Alzheimer's and caregiving
  • The bereavement process
  • Working with families through psycho-education & CBT


Ms. Oberlin works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She takes a keen interest in helping families where one or more have ADHD or learning disabilities, helping parents to work with children to develop strategies for success, and guiding family members to understand one another healing disputes and fostering improved relationships.

With her training, Ms. Oberlin can help families reach solutions to their problems collaboratively using family mediation skills— addressing matters such as aging parents or how to handle rifts that strain family relationships and businesses.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Bowen family systems theory guides much of her work as does a creative base of thinking outside the box and trying new approaches to reach solutions. Ms. Oberlin has also been a member of the American Counseling Association and in prior years a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) . She is a member of the Eastern Shore Writers Association, served on the planning committee of the 2014 Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, and will speak about the writing life at the 2015 Bay to Ocean Writers Conference.

Ms. Oberlin’s latest non-fiction books include Overcoming Passive-Aggression: How to Stop Hidden Anger from Spoiling Your Relationships, Career and Happiness, Surviving Separation & Divorce, and The Angry Child. She's also written contemporary women's fiction under a pen name.

Public Speaking to Community & Corporate Groups

Loriann has spoken at many community gatherings, including cluster PTA meetings within Montgomery County, Maryland, at the National Association of Working Mothers, the Talbot County Library, school counseling events, and bookstores greeting teachers, school personnel and parents. Recently she spoke with parents about managing children's moods and media at the Radcliffe Creek School in Chestertown, Maryland.

She has spoken to employees and the community about passive-aggression and dealing with difficult family over the holidays. If you would like her to speak or appear at your event, please contact her through this website.

Ms. Oberlin has also been the guest on Washington Post radio and other programs. NBC 4 chose her Washington Parent feature for Sept. television coverage, and she's been interviewed by reporters for Psychology Today, US Weekly, Woman's World, and many other publications.

Loriann Oberlin, MS, LCPC (LC2762)

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Sailboat Eastern Shore Location

Located at 119 N. West Street, Easton, Maryland, my office faces the West Street Parking Lot. There are six steps to the front door and a small reception area where you may wait for your appointment.


North Potomac Locationblackeyed susan

Located at 11908-C Darnestown Road, this office sits across from Rachel Carson Elementary School in the Kentlands in Quince Orchard Medical Park.  Beginning June 2012, Loriann will see clients at this location only on Wednesdays between the hours of 11 AM and 7 PM.

Darnestown Road, known as Route 28, is a divided highway, and if you’re coming from Rockville, you’ll need to make a left U-turn at Tschiffely Square Road.  There is a Ride On bus stop here (56/76) one block from the office.  11908 is just past the church and vet hospital.  Please enter Suite C and wait in the reception area.



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From Route 50 (Ocean Gateway)
• Take the Easton Parkway or Bypass (MD 322)
• From Cambridge, you will pass turn off to Oxford. Rather than go to St. Michaels, turn onto Bay Street. Turn onto West Street.
• From Kent Island & Queenstown, take the bypass easing into the left lane so that you can turn left onto Bay Street (rather than St. Michaels Road). Follow to West Street.


From I-270 (headed South to Washington)
• Take the Quince Orchard Road exit, veering right off exit
• Follow Quince Orchard Road/124
• Pass intersections of Clopper Rd/West Diamond Ave., Quince Orchard Blvd., and Great Seneca Highway/119
• Pass the Kentlands on your left and come to the intersection of Quince Orchard Rd/124 and Darnestown Road/28. Be in the left turn lane, with a Bank of America on your right, shopping plazas, and the high school ahead of you.
• Turn left at Darnestown/28and proceed past two traffic lights, passing the fire station and Potomac Garden Center. The second light will be at Tschiffely Square Road. Proceed straight, but be ready to turn right into Quince Orchard Medical Park.
• Building 11908 is the first set of offices beyond the Vet Hospital.


From I-270 (headed North to Frederick)

• Take exit 6B to Darnestown following Route 28 West
• You will pass Fallsgrove/Shady Grove Rd., Great Seneca Highway, Muddy Branch Rd. and Main Street. Stay straight. The Kentlands will be on your right.
• At Tschiffely Square Road, make a U-turn left and an immediate right into Quince Orchard Medical Park. Building 11908 is the first set of offices beyond the Vet.
• Office is Suite C in the front.   Please wait in the reception area to be called for your appointment.