Marla MathisenLicensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Relationships are tough, but therapy can make a big difference for couples who are struggling to connect or communicate.
Grief and loss are a part of the human condition. Grief is typically considered to be brought on by the death of a loved one, but can also be triggered by any significant life-altering loss (such as a divorce or the loss of a job). Grief is a natural response to loss, but that doesn’t make it easy to deal with. Symptoms of grief may include sadness, loneliness, anger, denial, depression and a myriad of other thoughts and feelings. There is no “normal” amount of time for grief to pass, but if you find that your grief is not improving over time or that it is interfering with your everyday life, you may want to consider seeking professional help. A qualified grief counselor can help you to cope with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive responses to loss. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s grief experts today.
Dealing with the daily struggles of life doesn't have to be faced alone. Focusing on self-growth and resiliency leads to tangible changes in our lives and fosters a mind-body connection. Whether you want to focus on a specific issue or seek proactive change in your life, seeking help is the first step. I'm here to guide that change while helping us focus on measurable results to improve your life. Please scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your contact information to have a conversation.
I create a warm, relaxing and open- minded space for you to work. I have experience helping adults and adolescents with family issues, stress, depression, grief, school, relationships and work struggles. I help guide my clients to the goals and visions they set in order to live the life they want and deserve. I help you set goals and work towards those goals through understanding the obstacles so we can move them.
Clients who seek my services are looking to uncover the truth of their life path and relational dynamics in order to move into a more conscious way of being. I am a psychoanalyst candidate, licensed psychotherapist, graduate historian-philosopher; I utilize an insight-based psychoanalytic modality in treatment applications. Specialty areas include existential crisis, life transitions, grief, anxiety, major depression, purpose, family conflict, sexuality, & spirituality.
For as long as I can remember, I recognized a fire in me to be able to provide a safe place for those who needed it. Speaking as a queer woman, my lived experiences have directed me towards becoming an advocate for systemic equality and transformation. My passions lie in trauma-informed care, gender-affirming care, and helping high conflict relationships of all backgrounds navigate through their journey. I strive to cultivate a non-judgmental environment that allows for connection and validity.
Most of my clients are wanting to experience greater intimacy, safety, trust, and emotional connection. However, problems arise when major events, such as infidelity or trauma, undermine trust or our ability to connect. Most commonly, clients get caught by negative reciprocal patterns that keep them feeling stuck. I help clients to understand these patterns, have meaningful conversations in session, and regain the connection necessary to overcome past hurts.
Too often we encounter stress and challenges in our lives that we struggle to meet and resolve in healthy and constructive ways. As a result, we can become isolated and lonely, panicked, and anxious by stress or circumstance that threaten to overwhelm us, or sometimes just “stuck” and unsatisfied. Perhaps our old ways of coping with life are no longer as helpful as they once were. We may feel unhappy with ourselves, where we are, and the things we do.