Lori Vigesaa, MS, LPCC, NCC, CI/CT

Lori Vigesaa is a Mental Health Professional in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at TSA.  She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) having received her master’s degree in counseling and Student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. Lori was born into a Deaf-parented family and is a heritage language user of American Sign Language which is her first language.

Before coming to work at TSA, Lori worked with college-aged students in the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Moorhead where she developed a strategic plan for the college to support students attending the campus to choose healthier lifestyles and to have early alert systems to find students that may be at risk or struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues. Lori also worked in the counseling centers at two colleges providing assessments and therapeutic services to students who attended the campuses. Prior to that, Lori worked as a nationally certified interpreter working in the educational system for thirteen years then leaving to specialize in the legal and mental health fields of interpreting.

Lori has been trained as a generalist with special interest in working with the Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing population. She has spent a great deal of study in the areas of language deprivation, assessment, and treatment of individuals with hearing loss. Lori has extensive training in Play Therapy as well as EMDR and is currently working towards certification in EMDR for the treatment of trauma related disorders. Lori also provides clinical supervision towards licensure within TSA’s DHH Program.