Maryellen Murphy, MA, CCAT.

 All parts of our being are interconnected – mind, body and soul. Maryellen has committed to learning what that means. As your counselor, Maryellen will listen to and learn your story so together, you can both understand what path led you to her office. Once you spend some time learning about how your story has made you who you are today, Maryellen focuses on the present. What are you feeling? When does that feeling happen? What does that feeling mean? Maryellen is passionate about incorporating your emotional world with the physiological one by using breathing strategies, mindfulness, trauma-informed yoga and more to help integrate your experiences. Why is this important? Research has shown that our brains function best when we are feeling calm and safe. Sometimes, when recalling past events or preparing for future experiences we stop feeling safe. When we stop feeling safe, certain parts of the brain do not work as effectively (like how we process memories or react to an ordinary object). In counseling, it is essential to keep your brain regulated so you can heal and work towards your next step. Staying regulated is important for every type of counseling: couples need to be regulated in order to effectively hear each other, anxiety is best dealt with when you understand what brain processes are at work and how to teach those processes new procedures, and emotional memories can become more damaging if they are revisited when you are dysregulated. Maryellen will not only help you feel clarity and understanding, but will also provide a safe and comfortable environment for your emotional exploration.

Maryellen is a certified clinical anxiety therapist, and has the following additional areas of specialties:

  • Anxiety, Panic and OCD.
  • Brief, Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Career Counseling
  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Diversity Acceptance
  • Family & Relationship Conflicts
  • Grief/Loss
  • Mindfulness
  • Mood Disorders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Loneliness
  • Self-Esteem Deficit
  • Stress Reduction
  • Time Management
  • Trauma
  • Work-Life Balance

Education

Maryellen received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University in 2019 and holds clinical certification for anxiety treatment. She received a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Sociology from North Central College in Naperville in 2012. While at North Central College she served as President of the Psychology Honors Society, Psi Chi. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and has completed multiple trainings in treatments for anxiety & trauma as well as extensive training in couples’ therapy. Maryellen has been involved in research and program development with Prevention Institute, Kankakee Community College and Movember Foundation, to help improve the lives of military persons and children impacted by trauma. 

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