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Marie McMahon
Professional Counselor Associate

Covering Challenges Related To:

Life Transitions, Meaning & Purpose, Self Esteem, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Spirituality, Creativity and Women’s Issues. I am passionate about supporting people through transitions and developing a life course based on meaning, health and happiness.

Marie is a great fit for individuals who are:

  • Seeking relief from mild to medium mental health symptoms.

  • Functioning well in many areas of their life.

  • Able to keep themselves and others around them safe.

  • Able to seek appropriate supports as needed.

Marie is not good fit for individuals who are:

  • Experiencing moderate to severe mental health symptoms, including safety concerns. Examples of this might be psychosis, reasonable threat of harm to self or others, or severe obsessive patterns. 

  • Experiencing a significant loss of functioning, such as difficulty communicating or difficulty completing tasks of daily living (eating, sleeping, completing hygiene, etc.)

 

Services Offered:

I offer individual psychotherapy for adults. Many of my clients are creative, intelligent, and
sensitive people who would like to be of service to others.

Education & Certification: 

I received my Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Portland State University in 2018. I am registered with the Oregon Counseling Board as a Professional Counselor Associate.

Specialty Training & Experience:*

I have practiced in a variety of settings where I’ve learned many techniques, theories, and philosophies about therapy. During my graduate internship, I learned and practiced Control- Mastery Theory, which is a relational, psychodynamic approach to therapy. Later on, my interest in learning more about the role of relationships in healing lead me to seek certification in equine- assisted psychotherapy and ecotherapy. I went on to practice at a nature-based therapy center, where I gained understanding about how our relationships to our bodies, animals, and the natural environment can lead to growth and healing. On my own, I have extensively studied spirituality in counseling, Jungian concepts, and expressive arts.

About Me: 

I moved to Oregon in 2015, determined to find a place that I would love to call home for a long time. In addition to working as a therapist, I am an artist with painting as my primary medium. I
have taken a path that has focused on education, art and creativity, and growth as a person and a therapist. I have experienced my own challenges related to health and healing, and I have an ever-evolving understanding about how we can embrace both the dark and the light times. I have two sweet cats, Gustavo and Marcel.

 

Treatment Orientation & Philosophy: 

I approach therapy as a process that invites you to access your own inner wisdom with care and
support. Therapy can be a good step towards positive change with the right therapist. I am attentive to developing a trusting, authentic relationship wherein we can work together to unravel what is causing you pain, preventing you from creating the life you want, and keeping you stuck. I also hope to help you identify what brings you joy and supports you to feel alive and healthy. I enjoy developing a treatment approach that is individualized to your needs; using a humanistic model and interventions that are gentle, creative and experiential. Emphasis in therapy is on boundaries, honesty, self knowledge, personal responsibility, and acceptance.

*Specialty Training & Experience includes areas of focus and interest practitioners have obtained additional hours of training and experience in. Any specialties the practitioner has received certification in will appear under Education & Certification.

“I kept running away from my darkness until I understood that in it I would find my freedom.”
― Yung Pueblo, Inward

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