The first thing you should know about me, is that I absolutely love what I do.
I’m not saying that I always know the right things to say, or that I’ve always got my life in order, or even that I follow my own advice all of the time (ask me about any of the guys I’ve ever dated…)
When I first went off to college, I was majoring in Theater. I thought I knew what I wanted to do, and then one day in a Psychology class I was required to take, something changed.
I signed up for more and more Psychology classes, saw first-hand and heard the life-changing and incredibly interesting stories that my professors shared, and knew that this was what I wanted to do.
I love meeting new people. I have a genuine interest in everyone I meet and the strengths they bring to the table. There’s no feeling quite like getting to share the benefits of therapy with someone who has never tried it before.
It’s so exciting to be a part of helping someone to discover and heal aspects of themselves that have caused them pain in the past.
After I finished my undergraduate, I got my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I worked as a chemical dependency counselor while I was going through school, which was an experience that truly shaped the future of my career.
I wanted to have a clinic of my own. I knew I wanted to help as many people as I possibly could, in the best ways I knew how. I searched for opportunities I thought would send me in that direction, and then I was hired as the manager of an outpatient program, where I was suddenly in charge of 55 people.
I was in WAY over my head.
I felt like I was drowning. I kept asking for help from the people I worked for, and they assured me that everything was fine. But everything wasn’t fine, I wasn’t getting the support that I needed, and I was incredibly overwhelmed. I think back to that 26-year-old version of myself and wish I could just tell her to stay strong, that it would all work out.
6 months later, those same people I had asked for help time and time again asked me to resign. As much of a blow to my confidence as that was, I can’t say I wasn’t relieved. I spent a while applying for any and every job I came across, and though I got plenty of offers, it was a lot of the same. That experience had changed me again, and I knew I needed something different.
So, rather than accepting another job I knew I would be unhappy in, I waited tables to make ends meet. I saved up, and eventually, I started seeing some clients in my time off. That’s how my therapy practice came to be.
ABOUT ME AS A THERAPIST
When you think about therapy, what images does your mind conjure up?
Is it an uncomfortable couch in an unfamiliar room?
A cold and shadowy figure sitting across a desk from you, expecting you to reveal your innermost private dreams and feelings?
Well, that’s not what you’ll get with me.
I am a real human being, with experience working with people of all ages and all lifestyles. I have worked in hospitals, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, clinics, and more.
These diverse experiences have provided me with a wealth of knowledge and advice when it comes to helping my clients to take a look inward. Taking a true look at yourself is a difficult task to tackle, especially on your own.
That’s why I’m here – to have your back, to be your biggest supporter and number one fan. As we work together to work through your difficulties, I will always be in your corner.
Together, we will work toward getting you the life that you’ve always wanted and helping you become the person you know you can be.
It’s not going to be easy. Dredging up past pains and reliving hard memories is part of the process.
I’m here for you.
As we navigate through the tough stuff, I’ll be a gentle guide and an empathetic ear – but I’ll still call you on your bullshit.
We can cry, we can curse, we can heal. The relationships I build with my clients are some of the most special and important relationships in my life, and I hope to share the incredible feeling that brings with you.
About Me As A Speaker
Remember how I was a Theater major in college? Well…I still love being on stage. I love the energy that comes with a big audience, the excitement, and the learning. I believe that we have so much to learn from one another and the way groups can change and grow with each other is truly amazing.
In my first job as a therapist, I worked at a chemical dependency facility where I facilitated group therapy. What I was able to witness doing that was truly amazing. The discomfort, the growth, the vulnerability. It literally saved people’s lives.
Years after that job, I started speaking to larger audiences (corporations, workshops, summits, etc.) and I found that whether it’s a smaller group, or larger, the same magical things happen. People support one another, learn from one another, and grow together.
Fancy Official Bio
Maryellen went received her Bachelor of science degree from Brockport, State University of New York in 2011 in psychology and health science. Maryellen then graduated from Medialle College with her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2014. She later received her New York State License in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) in 2015. Maryellen was trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) in 2018.
Maryellen has worked in CASAC substance abuse counseling facilities, domestic violence facilities, hospitals, and mental health clinics. Maryellen has worked with both children and adults. Maryellen has been a psychology professor at Nazareth College since 2018 and has owned a private therapy practice since 2017.