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About Dr. Stretch

Dr. Stretch's affiliation with Inner Odyssey Counseling is to oversee the operations and practice of Jerry Mize, Resident in Counseling. Dr. Stretch engages in consultation and supervision with Jerry on multiple occasions, as well as reviews his notes, charts, and general functions of the practice. This is a required process for Residents in Counseling to obtain full licensure in Virginia. 

Dr. LoriAnn Stretch is an LCMHC-S (NC), LPC (VA), NCC, ACS, and BC-TMH. She is a Full Professor at the University of the Cumberlands and is the Director of Scholarly Engagement. Dr. Stretch serves as the President (2022-2024) for the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), the conference co-chair of ACC, the co-chair of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Teaching committee, and a member of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development’s International Concerns Group.  She is a team lead for the Council for the Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Programs (CACREP).  Dr. Stretch is also actively engaged with the Association of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness (ACSSW); Chi Sigma Iota (CSI); International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling (IARTC); and Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE). Previously, served on the ACA Ethics Appeal Panel, presented at numerous ACA conferences, taught several invited pre-conference learning institutes, and served on the ACA Cyber Taskforce.  Dr. Stretch also served as the Chair, Ethics Chair, and Treasurer for the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. 

Dr. Stretch was the recipient of the Thelma Duffey Vision and Innovation Award (2021) and Samuel T. Gladding Inspiration and Motivation Award (2023). The Nu Sigma Chi chapter of CSI recognized Dr. Stretch as their 2019 Distinguished Alumni. Dr. Stretch recently co-edited the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) Review with Springer.


She has served as a clinical director of a multidisciplinary mental health agency and practiced counseling for over 25 years. Dr. Stretch specializes in experiential therapies, global counseling, trauma recovery and stabilization, sexually and relationally marginalized populations, telehealth, and supervision. Her advocacy work focuses on identifying inequity, speaking up, and educating about social justice. She teaches her students that the day-to-day actions ultimately make the difference. Dr. Stretch enjoys reading, exploring the world, creating stained glass art, and renovating homes.

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All inquires as it relates to Inner Odyssey Counseling, LLC should be conducted with Jerry or on the contact page. However, clinical supervisors can be contacted if a concern has come up about their Resident. You can find Dr. Stretch's contact information in the footer of the website. 

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