ABOUT LYNN LOTT
Lynn Lott is a nationally-known speaker, author, and licensed family therapist who holds a Masters Degree
in Marriage & Family Counseling from the University of San Francisco (1978) and a Masters Degree in Psychology
from Sonoma State University (1977). She is direct, supportive and helpful. Her reputation is that of a person who gets
to the heart of the problem in the first visit. She'll help you learn about yourself, discover how to solve problems,
show you how to make tough times better, and enjoy a laugh or two while you work together.
Lynn has been in private practice for 30 years helping parents, couples, and individuals with a myriad of
relationship issues from kids who fight to folks who have full blown panic attacks. She provides help with anxiety,
depression, post-partum depression, parenting children from birth to teen, couples' communications and compatibility,
single parenting, divorce, step-parenting, building self-confidence and self-esteem, problem solving and relationship
issues, chores without wars, and traveling the writer's path. In 2014 Lynn spent 3 weeks teaching courses in China and works with a number of Chinese clients using Skype. She also works with clients from many European countries using Skype.
Lynn is the author of 20 books. She has consulted throughout the U.S. and Canada on Positive
Discipline. She also founded and directed the Family Education Center, founded Summerfield Counseling and Educational
Services, served as a member of the California State Advisory Board for Drug Prevention Programs, and worked as an
Associate Professor at Sonoma State University where she taught courses in nursing, psychology, counseling, and education.
A few of the organizations Lynn consulted with include Kaiser Permanente, North American Society of Adlerian Psychologists,
the Sonoma County Foundation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Criminal Justice.
You can work with Lynn in person in Santa Rosa, California where she sees clients Monday-Wednesday.
Or you can schedule appointments by emailing her at email@example.com. Lynn takes all out-of-network provider insurance. As of 1/1/2015, Lynn's fee is $145 for new clients, existing clients will receive a courtesy discount of $135 until February 2015. Payment is required in advance of your sessions.
Lynn Lott and Positive Discipline:
I'm the author of four Positive Discipline books, two major training manuals, and a teacher of Positive Discipline for 30 years. Some folks have asked how I got started with this approach.
I came to Positive Discipline the way many folks do-as a parent. I was introduced to Rudolf Dreikurs book Children: The Challenge in 1969 when my son was six months old. I'm not sure what had a bigger impact-what Dreikurs and Vicki Solz wrote in their book, or how awful my experience was with my first parenting group. Perhaps both influences were equally important. Dreikurs and Solz had a way of putting words to my thoughts and feelings about being a parent. I embraced their ideas and started applying them in our family immediately. Trying to figure out how to live with mutual respect and empowerment has been a continuous process and challenge for me since 1969 in every area of my life. As to the parenting class, fortunately our leader was very ineffective, so I saw what didn't work. That was an impetus to me to find a different way to teach the Adlerian ideas, a challenge that I've been immersed in for years.
My love of the Dreikursian/Adlerian ideas motivated me to start an Adlerian organization in northern California when I moved there in 1973. That organization evolved into the Family Education Center where I ran a weekly parent education/family-in-focus program for thirteen years. As parents in the program became more involved and adept, I created an internship program, teaching folks how to be parent educations and counselors. I taught students how to teach experientially based on what I learned from John Taylor, so that their parenting groups would be more interesting and effective than the first one I took back in 1969. My students and I created the first "Teaching Parenting" manual for other students to use. I created the "Helping Family Problem Solving Steps" so that new students would have a map to use when they worked with parents. Every summer I taught courses at Sonoma State University for counselors, nurses, and teachers, doing my best to spread the Adlerian ideas. I spent two or more weeks a month flying around the U.S., presenting workshops and trainings in the hopes of finding converts to a more respectful and empowering way of living. I am happy to say that many of my students have gone on to make wonderful contributions to the field of Adlerian psychology.
Along my journey, I often bumped into Jane Nelsen at Adlerian conferences. We had one of those "Hi, how are you" relationships for many years, always looking forward to seeing each other as we worked in parallel tracks. During one of our "conference" years, I mentioned to Jane that Riki Intner, Kathy Faherty, and I were working on a book for teachers to use to teach the Adlerian ideas. Kathy was a classroom teacher, and Riki and I were both parent educators and therapists. We wanted a resource that we could use instead of having our students read six different books to learn about the application of Adlerian psychology in the classroom. Not too long after our conversation, Jane sent me a book that she had just written, asking what I thought about it. When I saw it, I said to my co-authors, "Let's stop writing. Someone has already written the book we are wanting. Let's use it instead." The book was called Positive Discipline. Who would have known that the title of that book would become synonymous with the Adler/Dreikurs ideas that so many of us learned and taught?
Jane and I continued to bump into each other, and at one point we decided to take my Teaching Parenting manual and improve and expand it. I was thrilled for the opportunity to take what I was doing on a local level and make it bigger. I knew with Jane's help that would be possible. That was the beginning of our work together to create parent and teacher trainings and manuals, along with four books in the Positive Discipline series, Madame Dora's Fortune Telling Cards, and Pup Parenting.
When it came to creating a national organization of parent educators, Jane and I met our biggest challenge. In spite of our struggles and differences as to how to bring this about, Positive Discipline Associates was born, and the end result is exactly what Jane and I both wished for: an organization that can carry on our work without us having to be involved on a day-to-day basis. The work is extremely important, and I am grateful that the efforts of others keep it going. Adlerian ideas changed my life, and with the work of PDA, others' lives will change in positive ways.
More about Lynn (and you can hear her voice!) on the Positive Discipline Association website.