Marianne SmithLPC

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What’s the most profound, insightful, or interesting thing you’ve learned as a mental health professional?

In my many years of working as a therapist, the thing that has impressed me the most is the resiliency of the human spirit. I have worked with clients who have suffered through severe trauma, or who have had to make difficult life changing decisions and yet, still find the strength to carry on. I am inspired by the strength and hope that I have witnessed in so many of my clients, and carry that positive energy into my current therapy sessions. I strive to work with my clients to find their inner strength and resiliency to reach their full potential and achieve their desired goals.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

Even at a young age I was fascinated by human behavior and how biology and experiences shape the beliefs personality and behaviors of individuals. While still in middle school I began reading books by Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and other early founders of psychology, which only fueled my interest. But life events prevented me from pursuing my dream of becoming a therapist after high school. Several years later I was lucky enough to meet a clinical psychologist, who would become a dear friend and mentor. With his encouragement and support, I entered college, obtained my Bachelors and Masters Degrees and ultimately became a licensed therapist.

In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

My personality influences my approach to therapy in many ways. I am friendly and easy going and I like to bring that into the therapeutic process to create a relaxed and accepting atmosphere. . My communication style is straight forward and direct, but I respect the opinions, thoughts and feelings of others. I value diversity and believe that every person has the right to be who they are without judgement, and believe we should embrace and celebrate our differences. Most of all I believe in authenticity, and being honest and genuine. In therapy I strive to create a comfortable and safe environment in which clients can address their concerns and work on personal goals while feeling validated and valued.

Specialties

General Expertise

In-Network Insurance

Sana Benefits

Fees

$100

First Session

$100

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Training / Certifications

Trained in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Licensure

AZ, LPC, LPC-11739

Education

Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology

Bachelors Degree in Psychology

Work History

I began my counseling career 25 years ago on the East Coast in New Jersey. I first started counseling at a residential substance abuse treatment facility and then transitioned to a juvenile detention center. I worked with adolescents, and adults, conducting individual, group and family therapy. After moving to Arizona 21 years ago, I continued counseling in correctional and residential settings. This allowed me to address a wide variety of client needs such as, anxiety, adjustment disorders, depression, relationship and family issues and anger management. My experience also includes working with LGBTQ+ clients, addressing sexual orientation and gender identity issues. Throughout my many years of experience, I have had the opportunity to work with clients from different socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, individuals with disabilities as well as individuals with personality and psychotic disorders.

Location

Remote Therapy, Glendale, 85308, AZ