peace of mind. peaceful life. 

Anne Marie Maynard

Thought challenger, Compassion giver, Esteem builder, Barrier breaker, Emotion expert
Image by Claudel Rheault

Areas of expertise. 

Trauma & healing, Children & Adolescents, Behavior management, Depression & Anxiety

Approach.

Individualized, Strength-Based, Collaborative, Psycho-educational and Evidenced-based treatment modalities, pulling from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT.

 

I believe that every person on this planet has a specific purpose and is unique, which is why every person deserves a plan unique to them. I will actively listen to your needs so we can explore ideas together on how to conquer triggers, regulate emotions, minimize symptoms, and live a happy, healthy life.

I can teach you to be more mindful, how to tolerate distress, and healthy ways to express your emotions. When your thoughts get too heavy, I can help lighten the load. Positive affirmations and gratitude can be your extra cup of coffee in the mornings. You are the one in the driver’s seat. I’m here to help you navigate the journey so you don’t get too last. Together, we will not crash.

Remember when you thought you couldn’t go on any longer, not even for another minute? Well, guess what? You did. And you can make it another hour, another day, and several years from now. Don’t quit on yourself, because I certainly never will.

-Anne Marie Maynard

Anne Marie Maynard

Appalachian Life Enrichment Counseling Center

about.

 Mother, Dance battler, Karaoke singer, Game-night hostess, Closet comedian, Concert junkie, Iced-coffee taster

I was born with a rare birth defect, PHPV, which caused blindness, involuntary movement, and weak muscles in my right eye. Many kids befriended me as I grew up, but others bullied me into a depression during my high school years. I sought comfort in sports, music, writing, and helping others get through struggles just like mine. I guess I’ve always been built to become a therapist deep down. I believe that it takes extensive education and training to be a therapist, but it’s paired with a gift that certain people already have within themselves. Finding your strengths and building on them can feed your purpose in life.

 

I’ve been through many traumas myself, which gives me a deeper understanding of the difficulties others face daily.

I have battled the disease of addiction, which gave me the opportunity to become a Peer Support Specialist. Over the years I viewed myself as a victim but re-shaped myself into a survivor. I would love to use my superpowers to form an army of other survivors that manifest their dreams by learning to cope in healthy ways instead of falling into hindering lifestyle choices. Living with mental illness is tough, but you are tougher. I have learned several tools that you can put in your toolbox, too.

 

Today, the light of my life is my beautiful, spunky daughter. I enjoy spending the majority of my time with her, my big family, and my closest friends. I find joy in traveling, soaking in nature, and new experiences. Random things that I love: the color orange, chocolate, the smell of the ocean, naps, bubble baths, and The Office. I gain the most bliss from helping others.

Professional Background.

Anne Marie graduated from Marshall University with a Master of Social Work degree in 2018. She then first became a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the State of West Virginia the following year. Her first experience as a social worker was as a school social worker for Mason County Schools. SInce, she has provided therapy services at a domestic violence shelter and grown as a clinician providing trauma-focused therapy for patients ages 7-12 at a psychiatric hospital.

 

She has a diverse background in interning and job experiences such as working in a harm-reduction clinic, the probation department, school counseling, and supporting adults with intellectual disabilities. She has the most experience helping children with abuse-reactive and sexual acting out behaviors. Because of this, she led a training on “body safety” for potential foster parents across the state of WV in 2021. She is starting the process to work toward her clinical license in social work. She is enthusiastic about what she does and will continue being educated in her field. She hopes to spread the wisdom she gains to others and lead them to helpful resources in the community.

Licenses
  • Licensed Graduate Social Worker

    • West Virginia

Certifications
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Evergreen Institute

  • Peer Support Specialist , WV DHHR