Marky Spies, LMHC, LPCLPC, LMHC

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If you could pick one movie or book that influenced your approach to therapy, what would it be and why?

In the film Good Will Hunting, the therapist uses rare techniques like strong confrontation and lots of self disclosure. He does engage in a few unrealistic Hollywood therapist stereotypes. However, the themes of a therapist connecting and adapting skills to a difficult to reach client are inspiring to me. He builds a connection with someone who does not know how. He does not use manipulation or shame with a defensive client. He helps his client discover both his challenges and their solutions, while respecting and valuing him unconditionally. By connecting and creating safety to face and overcome pain, a successful plan comes to life.

What does a first session with you look like?

It is my responsibility to help every client experience acceptance and hope at our first session. We will build a connection by finding your preferences with physical positioning, communication style and expectations from your therapist. I will help minimize anxiety, doubt or discomfort you may feel. I will explain my style, education and experience with your particular issues. Then we will develop a treatment plan based on your needs and goals. It is exciting to work with people on a journey to improvement, and I aim to have you share that hopefulness.

Is there any research-based work you’ve done that you found particularly exciting, and how has that informed your practice today?

During my residency, research proved that theoretical knowledge and therapy skills are useless without a therapist-client connection. We researched how understanding family history, personality, culture, gender, orientation and beliefs facilitate that connection. Part of connection is clarity. Clients deserve to understand how therapy works, what the goals and expectations are and how your therapist plans to help achieve them. The residency transformed a rookie with good intentions to a a confident, excited practitioner.

Specialties

Anxiety

Relationship Issues

Loss/Grief

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Life transitions

General Expertise

Depression

Work Stress

Self-Esteem

Race & Cultural Identity

Addiction

Aging related concerns

LGBTQIA related issues

Life coaching

In-Network Insurance

Aetna

Optum

UMR

UnitedHealthCare (UHC)

Fees

$125

Couples Therapy

$100

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Training / Certifications

Residency at the Louis De La Parte Florida Mental Health Institute.

Licensure

GA, LPC, LPC004284

FL, LMHC, MH5809

Education

MA. Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. University of South Florida.

Work History

I was fortunate with inspired University professors, a transformative research residency and 30 years of experience. This created a solution focused and enthousiastic therapist. I have worked with people dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, abuse histories, loneliness, addiction and stress to name a few. I am grateful for the positions in medical, psychiatric and private practice organizations that taught me what theory alone cannot. Being a confident, effective and joyful therapist does not only benefit clients, it rewards the therapist as well.

Location

1335 Canton Rd NE, Marietta, 30066, GA