Hello! My name is Maggie. My whole life I have been asking the "big questions", and I love to support others as they do the same thing.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Oswego, NY
The majority of my clients report experiencing anxiety. They tend to be kind and conscientious, wanting good things for their people and the world around them. They can find themself consumed with thoughts about what is “right” as this seems to be subjective and debatable. And they often express a sense that they have lost themself in the pursuit of trying to do what is “right” according to the culture they find themself within.
I work with adults who also like to ask the "big questions" and who are not satisfied by simply checking off the boxes on a seemingly endless to-do list handed down to them from family and culture. From a very young age I have felt a pull to make sense of what is going on within myself and within the world. I have studied and integrated countless theories and practices from philosophy, psychology, and numerous religions and spiritualities into my own life, and am comfortable with heady topics.
As a life-long spiritual seeker, I have experienced spiritual abuse, religious trauma, and even involvement in a cult-like group (on more than one occasion!). My life experiences put me in a unique position to support anyone else who has had these types of experiences. Explore your spirituality with someone who is trained to help you handle the mental health stuff that can come up along the way, and who is interested in empowering you to access your own inner wisdom.
I have experience teaching both graduate- and undergraduate-level Family Systems courses, in which Attachment Theory was a major topic of lecture and facilitated class discussions. I find concepts from Attachment Theory to be helpful to incorporate into my work with many clients, even if they have not identified an attachment issue as their concern. The clients I use this with often report an increased understanding of themself as well as others.
My experience teaching yoga and meditation allows me to incorporate mindfulness and breath work into sessions with clients where this is relevant and helpful. I have a strong personal mindful-meditation practice and love to teach others about the benefits of mindfulness and how this can be incorporated into other treatment methods.
I am not certified by the IFS Institute but have taken many trainings through them and have a lot of experience incorporating parts work into treatment. I find that talking about the client's parts helps the client in gaining more self-awareness and to normalize the internal experience they are having. Clients who are experiencing parts language in their treatment often report a sense that this is so relieving to have this language, and that they no longer think they are "crazy."