How and/or why did you become a therapist?
I became a therapist because at one time I was a foster parent for the children’s aid Society and due to wait lists and a flawed system children had to wait extensive time for service which I found to be painful and unfair. As a therapist I felt it was important that everyone had access to services no matter what the circumstances.
What are the most rewarding aspects of being a therapist?
The most rewarding aspect of being a therapist is when I get to witness transformation and change as that individual travels on their journey.
What’s unique or special in your background or approach to interpersonal relationships?
What is unique about my intra-personal approach to therapy is that people feel like they come into a therapy session like they’re having a cup of coffee. I demystify therapy for people where they feel safe and comfortable to hear some truths that they may otherwise resist. For me, this is real life therapy and I don’t mess around with peoples lives.
What are your favorite or most interesting interpersonal relationship tips/advice?
Two of my most favourite tips are change is not a skill, change is a choice. And you feel what you think. The moment you go into negative thinking patterns, you will feel crummy, and potentially use negative behaviours to cope.
What are some things about therapy that you want to increase public awareness about?
I would like to make people aware that usually people come into a therapy session because of a crisis moment, however therapy is for everyone and we must begin to remove the stigma from the old messaging that society has put out there, change the belief is that there is something wrong with you if you need therapy. In fact, taking care of our emotional and mental health is The best gift anyone can give them self.
What are some of the biggest mistakes a therapist or patient can make?
The biggest mistake of therapist or patient can make is not being clear in communicating the expectations and goals of the therapeutic relationship. It is very important at the initial stages to be clear and have a guideline and treatment plan so the lines in the therapeutic relationship do not get blurred.
You can learn more about Mary Marano at www.lifeandfamilycounselling.com.