LoriAnn Stretch is an LCMHC-S (NC), LPC (VA), NCC, ACS, and BC-TMH. Dr. Stretch serves as the Past President (2024-26) 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 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, creating stained glass art, and renovating homes.

PhD in Counselor Education, North Carolina State University, 2005
Diploma in Social Innovation, UN Mandated University of Peace, Costa Rica, 2019
MS in Community and College Counseling, Longwood University, 1997
BA in Political Science, Longwood University, 1993

  • Stretch, L. S., & Shillingford, A. (2024). Cultivating global citizens: Designing transformational study abroad experiences through global partnerships. To be presented at 2024 Hawaii International Conference on Education, Waikoloa
  • Nelson, L., & Stretch, L. S. (2023). “Where I am from” - A creative framework to approach a multicultural orientation. 2023 EB-ACA Conference, Leiden, Netherlands.
  • Shillingford, A., Eng, T., Hinson, M., & Stretch, L.S. (2023). Paraphrasing and Summarizing. In S. K. Butler & M. A. Shillingford Butler (Eds.), Intersectional Counseling Skills: The Journey to Becoming a Culturally Inclusive Counselor. Cognella. 
  • Stretch, L.S., & Eldredge, K. (2023). Systems applied to dissociative disorders. In J.A. Russo, J.K. Coker, & J.H. King (Eds.), DSM-5 and Family Systems (2nd ed., pp. 209-250). Springer Publishing Co. doi:10.1891/9780826140272.0009
  • Stretch, L. S. (2023).  Counselor education program assessment utilizing the CACREP standards (90-minute education session).  2023 ACES Conference. Denver, Colorado.
  • Stretch, L. S. (2023).  Telehealth lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond (90-minute education session).  ACA 2023 Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Powers-Carey, K.N.M.K., & Stretch, L.S. (2023).  National Counselor Exam (NCE) and Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE): Your Study Guide for Success, Book and Online Exam Prep.  Springer Publishing Co.
  • Stretch, L.S. (2022, Spring). Counselor toolbox: Where I’m from – Professional counselor. Creative Connections. Association for Creativity in Counseling. 
  • Stretch, L. S. (2022).  Voices from the field – Telehealth. In A. Puig, J. M. Swank, L. Haynes-Thoby, & D. A. Paladino (Eds.), Foundations in becoming a professional counselor: Advocacy, social justice, and intersectionality (pp. 69-74). Springer Publishing Co.
  • Stretch, L. S., & Hudson, D. N. (2022). I need a new partner: Addressing cultural encapsulation and racism critical incident. In J. M. Swank, & C.A. Barrio Minton (Eds.), Critical incidents in counselor education: Teaching, supervision, scholarship, leadership, and advocacy (pp. 396-397). American Counseling Association.
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Globalization
  • Sexual and Relational Minorities
  • Creativity in Counseling