peace of mind. peaceful life.
Resiliency Warrior, Empathetic Listener, Trauma Informed Butt-kicker, Chaos Calmer and Emotionally-Focused Ninja
Areas of expertise.
Trauma, First-Responders, Addiction, Attachment Injuries, Disaster Response, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Considerations
Person-centered, emotionally focused, collaborative, and strength-based approach through a trauma lens.
I am passionate about helping individuals and couples travel through the ups and downs of life while discovering who they want to be. I believe each person is endowed with dignity and on a journey to discover who they are and their purpose, but sometimes life gets in the way. As a Certified Traumatologist, I learned that for many people, the bad things or trauma in their lives is like putting a mask over their face to see the world. Even though there is so much more to see and experience, their view of the world is skewed- limiting their full potential. With unconditional positive regard and a nonjudgmental environment, I will gently challenge you to discover struggles and then move towards thriving. Drawing from my Catholicism, I believe that each person is uniquely created to flourish. For that reason, helping individuals maximize their strengths while tending to their weaknesses in a healthy, dignified manner leads to healing, grow, and happiness.
I fuse ideas I fuse ideas from different theories, models and techniques such as Person Centered Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), the H.E.A.R.T Model (Healing Emotional Affect Response to Trauma), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to meet the needs of the individual in front of me. I am also happy to incorporate your religious or spiritual beliefs into our work. Therapy is not just about a diagnosis or even a theoretical orientation. While these are important, it is the relationship between therapist and client that brings about change. My goal is to meet you where you are at and help you move to where you want to be...or maybe even discover where you want to be.
The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves or encourage us to become lesser versions of ourselves. We become like our friends. No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help to make them great. We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.
Wife, Mother, Baachan (that’s Japanese for Grandma), Dancer, World Traveler, Crafter, and Child of God.
Born and raised in California, I met the man of dreams at a square dance and we have been dancing through life for over 35 years. During that time, we have also lived in Colorado, Japan, Iowa and Arizona with more short moves than I can count. We have 3 adult daughters and 6 grandchildren. In my life before children, I was a payroll tax specialist. Once the girls came along, I spent 25 years educating them at home and working different part-time jobs to challenge myself. I have been a gate agent for airlines, loaded packages on an airplane for a major shipping company, prepared income tax and worked at 3 different churches doing everything from decorating to grief counseling. I was at a transitional point in my life when I decided to pursue counseling and I haven’t looked back!
If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be a counselor, I would have laughed at you. That’s because the only approaches I knew in the field of psychology focused on disease, diagnosis and treating symptoms. When I stumbled down this path, I learned about something called positive psychology and it piqued my interest. I also began to learn about the effects trauma can have on people’s lives even if they think they have moved on. There were two major shifts in thinking for me. First, what if we build on strengths rather than weaknesses? Second, what if we stopped asking what’s wrong with you and started asking what happened to you? These two shifts continue to influence my approach to counseling and how I look at people.
While I was working on my master’s degree, I was doing additional training in trauma for an organization that deploys after natural and manmade disasters. I have deployed to Beirut to help teach Syrian clinicians’ techniques to diffuse PTSD symptoms, Paradise, California after the wildfire and to Puerto Rico to help with compassion fatigue after hurricanes. I also did a trauma internship in Romania. I also teach classes on compassion fatigue and other topics related to recovering from a disaster to first responders, clinicians and community members.
I love to make things and organize chaos. Recently, I’ve been playing with my Cricut and crocheting a temperature afghan, but I’ll try almost any craft. Having met my husband dancing, this has been an important part of our lives. We both started square dancing at 12 years old and over the years we have added ballroom styles and West Coast Swing to our repertoire. I’m a lifelong learner, so I’m always reading a book or watching a video. I can be packed for a weeklong trip in less than an hour. Whether it’s a visit to family, taking in the sights or deploying after a disaster, I’m in! Have passport, will travel!
Marion is a Provisionally Licensed Counselor in the state of West Virginia. She is a Certified Traumatologist (CT). Marion is a member of the American Mental Health Counseling Associates (AMHCA), Catholic Psychotherapy Associates, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) and International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISM). Marion completed her undergraduate training through American Military University in Sports and Health Science. She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling through Divine Mercy University in Sterling, Virginia. Complete trainings include Treating Sexual Trauma, Assessment and Treatment of PTSD, Disaster Trauma, Grief and Loss, Child and Adolescent Trauma, Treating Traumatized Families, Psychological First Aid, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her work includes an internship at a residential mental health facility and working at community mental health organization providing individual counseling related to addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Provisionally Licensed Counselor
West Virginia #549
Certified Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology
Certified Green Cross Facilitator, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology
Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology
Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology
Certified Field Traumatologist, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology