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Maria Shenkman - Behavioral Health Maria Shenkman


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I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I am also certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (C-DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and have been trained in Motivational Interviewing. I completed my undergraduate studies in Applied Behavioral Sciences at the National Louis University and completed my Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. My multicultural background and passion for integral psychology allows me to incorporate progressive methods that are tailored to meet the needs of clients from diverse backgrounds. I am a bilingual therapist and provide therapy in English and Russian.

My clinical focus includes adults, adolescents, families, and older adults. I believe in creating a supportive environment, bringing innovative solutions and providing practical feedback to meet the unique needs of clients in individual and group settings. I base my approach on expanding self-awareness and facilitating change when working with depression, anxiety, family conflict, identity formation, transitional stages, chronic illness, grief counseling, assimilation and multicultural issues. In my work, I incorporate evidence based mindfulness practices as well as mainstream psychotherapy approaches.

The methods I use are directed towards helping clients learn to understand themselves comprehensively and lead more functional, conscious, and productive lives. I implement an eclectic therapeutic style that utilizes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Treatment, DBT, Client-Centered, and Emotion Focused Therapy. I believe that change is possible for every client and incorporate individualized treatment method addressing the unique needs of each client. My areas of interest include helping clients that present with depression, stress related issues, anxiety, trauma, impulse control issues, behavioral problems, relationship issues/abuse and parental difficulties. My mission is to empower individuals to discover their values and build skills and confidence that will aid them in creating a positive trajectory for change.

Languages: Russian.

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