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MARIA PATTI

My Focus Areas

Anxiety: Feeling anxious is normal, and I take an approach that allows my clients to actually feel empowered by their anxiety, rather than hindered. With evidence-based practices (such as mindfulness skills, meditation, breathing techniques, etc.) and CBT, I am able to guide my clients to a safer, calmer way of thinking. Working through anxiety can feel overwhelming at times, but learning how to work “with” your anxiety rather than constantly fighting it can be truly life-changing. I work with clients who suffer from any types of anxiety, specifically generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and/or social anxiety.
Children and Adolescents: I work with a variety of presenting concerns, including self esteem, trauma, school-related issues (such as bullying, peer-pressure, poor academic performance, etc.), anxiety, and processing divorce. In addition to drawing upon my experience of working in a school setting for six years, I utilize CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) and experiential interventions with children and adolescents. I also have play therapy experience, so I will often utilize play and sand-tray techniques, as well.
Perinatal Mental Health: Many women struggle throughout pregnancy and post-pregnancy. The physical, emotional, and hormonal changes involved in the pregnancy and delivery process can be overwhelming. With perinatal mental health, I work to help these individuals explore their feelings, all while providing psychoeducation and therapeutic techniques tailored to each client’s concerns.
Other areas that I can help with include: LGBTQIA+ support, grief and loss, and body image work.

Approach

I use an eclectic strength-based and person centered approach in therapy. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With CBT, I help my clients understand thought patterns and how these thoughts may be affecting their mood. I believe in creating a safe, nurturing environment for my clients in which we can explore presenting concerns in a delicate and constructive manner. I invite all of my clients to come as they are, and I meet my clients exactly where they are. Some clients may not initially know exactly what they need from therapy, and that’s okay. We will take our time and unveil presenting concerns, piece by piece. I take a unique approach with each client because each individual that comes into my office is truly just that--unique!.

Maria Patti

She/Her

Licensed Professional Counselor 

Licensed School Counselor

Qualifications

I received my Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Heath Counseling and School Counseling from Walden University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I hold a National Certified Counselor (NCC) certificate. Prior to obtaining my counseling license, I taught Middle School English Language Arts (ELA) and Social studies for six years. I have extensive experience in working with adolescents in a school setting, but I enjoy working with children and adults of all ages.

Personal Information

I spend most of my free time with my three dudes: my husband and my two sons. They truly make my world go ‘round. We like to spend time outdoors as much as possible. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t practice self-care, just as I tell all of my clients to do - therefore, I try to carve out as much “me time” as possible. My “me time” usually consists of working out or watching reality TV. I love music; there really isn’t a genre that I don’t like. I also love food. There really isn’t a food I don’t like, either. I'm excited to work with you!