I am an individual, family and marriage counselor licensed in Illinois with over 10 years of experience working as a social worker. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and ADHD. I also have helped many people who have experienced sexual, physical trauma or emotional abuse. Honestly, I tell my patients if they can tell me something I haven't heard or experienced before I'll give you my Mickey Mouse watch. Mickey has stayed on my wrist a long time so far...
My counseling style is warm, interactive and holistic. I will help you to explore your physical, emotional and spiritual needs in an effort to bring harmony and balance into your life. That sounds fancy! It isn't. It just means I like helping people to get comfortable in their own shoes, having their inner personality match their outer personality. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels (so I highly doubt I will try to diagnose your problem, rather I try to find solutions to difficulties). My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution based/ brief counseling, and common sense (I'm heavy on the common sense!). I approach each person as an unique individual and don't mind using a little humor to help look at things from a different perspective.
It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.
This program works like email so you wont get responses right away like text messages so please be patient and I will respond within 24 hours if possible. I am available for phone calls or live chat by appointment only.
I look forward to working with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LCSW #149016609 (Expires: 2019-11-30)
MJ is the best!!
I love MJ. She is funny and down to earth. She tells me what I really need to hear and not necessarily what I want to hear. She is able to relate to my circumstances and help me work thru my personal past so I can work thru my current feelings.
Mary is an excellent counselor for me. She is direct, empathetic, insightful, and tough in a really good way. She’s helping me to understand my role in situations and how to approach these situations differently. I am confident that Mary is a perfect fit for me and I feel would be for most individuals.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to Mary. I have experienced such freedom since I began this process. I have never had someone listen to me the way she does or truly "get me" the way she does. Mary is always good about responding to my messages. She is extremely supportive and I respect her no nonsense approach. When we talk, I feel like I am talking to a friend.
As a counsellor myself, I've been so reticent to seek out help because I know that deep down, there's no quick fix for what ails me. I know that the things that make me sad and depressed are for life, so I just have to find ways to MANAGE it. I guess you could compare it to a dentist trying to fix his/her own teeth, seemingly impossible, but they can maintain upkeep each day.
So I was so relieved to find that Mary was a straight shooter and she met me where I was at, and when she said, that she can't do it for me, I completely got her and appreciated her candidness because its so true, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink and that pretty well sums up the essence and direction of where our counseling sessions went...its only in the DOING that I am going to help myself, and I totally knew that and just needed someone to remind me and then show me how, strategies, suggestions, ways to do what needs must, to MANAGE the depression.
This is only my second session with this incredible therapist and I cannot express how truly grateful I am of her guidance. She has brought into my life a new level of understanding, insight, and identifies keys that I would have never known or thought to look for. I am blown away. I see such a change in my life and a clarity that others are even taking notice...and the best part about it is that we were matched based on my preferences and my needs. This brilliant, genuine, talented therapist is phenomenal and I'm so proud I get to work with her. I'm so astonished at her attention to detail and I couldn't be more thrilled. I look forward to the time we'll get to work together.