And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom.__Anais Nin
Mariellen is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas. Previous to moving to Texas she practiced as an LPC in Oklahoma. With more than two decades of experience, Mariellen has worked with individuals with a wide variety of concerns and challenges. Clients include all ages, cultures, and diversities.
My focus includes Relational work (whether seeing couples/families or seeing an individual struggling with an important relationship); helping people through major life transitions (moves, births, deaths, marriages, divorce, job, or relationship loss, etc); and parenting support. My strengths include creating comfort and safety for all participants through an atmosphere of non-judgmental compassion while providing a depth of insight that brings new perspective to your situation. My approach is collaborative as my belief is that my job is to make it possible for you to find your own inner wisdom and clarity in order to effect the change you want in your life.
In my practice, I use a variety of eclectic and holistic interventions including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and when working with couples I draw from the Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Therapy. I will also analyze the ways you communicate as well as exploring unconscious roots of the problem. My purpose is to make a difference. My work tends to go deep. Many of my clients come to me when they can't understand why the skills and tools they have learned aren't working for them. Together, we find the underlying reasons, heal the wounds and get to a place where those tools can begin to be effective. Choosing a therapist and making the commitment to heal and move forward is a lofty decision and is not one to be taken lightly. It takes courage to ask for help and if you're reading this, you've already acknowledged that thought. You have already taken the first step.
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow." -Helen Keller-