Licensed Professional Counselor
I became a counselor after years of people asking me if I was a counselor. I naturally love people, their stories, how they process, discovering the depth of who they are and the potential of what they can become. In fact, it has been one of my life’s greatest gift and honor to be invited into the lives and stories of my clients. Through counseling others, I see the beautiful collage of humanity and how inherently good and unique we are as people.
I also love counseling because I have been where my clients are; I too have experienced life’s highs and lows and feel fortunate to have turned my personal miseries into my calling. When I walk with my clients, I too have experienced parts of their path, and can personally empathize at a deeper level. From loss, to separation,to suffering, to parenting, to reinventing, and probably everything in between, I have been there, including going to counseling.
I’m interested in the processes of change, reinvention, redirection, renewal and forgiveness. These all play a central part to my work. I teach clients to focus on what is being built, and the new self, while turning past experiences as a positive platform for the future, one that does not hold the client back. I enjoy working with all people and all issues, but I have a special sensitivity to: homelessness, women’s issues, conflictive relationships, family dynamics, religious-faith, conflict resolution, past trauma, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, self-care, identity, dating, career changes, college-young adult orientation, and divorce.
As for my counseling experience, it has been in both private and public sectors, radio counseling and as a coach in corporate America. I firmly believe that although environments and contexts may vary, people are still people. I am also fully bilingual in Spanish.
The mottos I live by are, “Change before you have to” and “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new” (Way of a Peaceful Warrior).
When scheduling an appointment, please ask for Marilyn Young.