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About Marilyn

Marilyn Spenadel, MS, LCPC, NCC, BCC, ACS is a Holistic Psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Nationally Board Certified Counselor, Certified At-Risk Counselor, Board Certified Professional Life Coach, and Spiritual Coach specializing in individual, couples, family, group therapy, and Holsitc skill building workshops for universities.  She enjoys spending time with her husband of over 30 yrs and 2 grown children.  She also finds that mindfully going out and connecting to nature has her connect more to herself, with others, and to the bigger picture.  She teaches about Holistic mindful techniques that she incorporates into her life as she mindfully "Pauses Daily" to "Just Be" in the flow and peace of life. 

As a graduate of Johns Hopkins University she acquired her masters in Clinical Community Counseling, and an advanced masters degree in At-Risk Counseling.  She is currently working with a broad spectrum of clients with varying emotional issues and needs.  She sees individual clients, offers group therapy, and gives a very wide range of psychosocial workshops and trainings for families, corporations, universites, Holisitc clinics, therapist and nurses CEU trainings, and the Montgomery County government.

In addition to being a strength-based resiliency therapist and coach Marilyn works with her clients concerning stress managment, empowerment, relationship issues, learning meditation, mindfulness, focusing, and shifting perception concerns to move in a positive direction.  Marilyn Spenadel, MS, LCPC, NCC, BCC, ACS has presented at MACD: Maryland Association for Counseling and Development Conferences, the Meditation Museum Workshop, and at Montgomery College to students, parents, and faculty.  She gives ongoing counseling and workshops, CEU's for therapists, and psycho-educational & therapeutic groups speaking on the topics of Stress Management, Resiliency, Bullying, Meditation/ Mindfulness, Changing Mistaken Beliefs to Positive Self-Talk and Positive Perceptions, Test Anxiety, Stop Smoking, Unlocking Your Hidden Potential, Empowerment, the Holistic Approach to helping Dually-Diagnosed patients with Substance Abuse issues, ADHD and Mindfulness, the integrated, community approach to counsel the elderly, lowering the stigma with getting mental illness support, and Promoting Healthy Living.

Marilyn Spenadel is an interactive, holistic solution-focused therapist who helps her clients understand their mind/body connection to stress and wellness, as well as, understanding and preventing psychosomatic illnesses.  She teaches effective breath-work techniques to promote resiliency and cleansing of one's past or current stress and triggers.  Her existential therapeutic approach provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively shift their perception to become more empowered and hopeful.  She integrates complimentary methodologies and experiential techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to reach clients where they are at emotionally.  With compassion and empathy, she works with each individual to help them build positively on their strengths, engaging in the flow of their authentic passions, and to attain the personal growth they are hopeful to achieving.  The "Strength Kit," "Resiliency Routine," and "Authentically U Vision Board," she has develop helps each client create, with healthy effective coping skills they can practice, will help to encourage positive growth at home for each client for years to come.  Her clients have learned to let go of their past and to propel themselves into a brighter, more positive future.  Learning to shift to having positive thoughts and energy, with affirmations and breath-work, can help clients step into their greatness which they have learned to embody.

Some of Marilyn's clients have expressed, "their stress has been cleansed and lifted from their heart, they can sleep much better, they don't need to define themselves by their past, a particular issue isn't ruminating in their mind any longer, they stopped smoking, are thinking much more clearly and positively as they learned to believe in themselves, they are more mindful of their actions, their heart and mind feels so much lighter, they don't get angry any longer which was life changing, they don't have severe headaches or backaches any more, they are taking less psychotropic medicines after learning to meditate, and they now are confident they have the tools to deal with any stress, conflict, or obstacles that they will have."  Please see additional feedback and letter testimonitals from clients, therapists, workshop and group attendees on Marilyn Spenadel's testimonial pages.

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MS from Johns Hopkins University in Clinical Community Counseling and Advanced Post Masters Degree, Certificate in At-Risk Counseling

LCPC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 
JHU Certified At-Risk Youth Counselor
NCC, Nationally Board Certified Counselor 
BCC, Board Certified Professional Life Coach
Board Certified Spiritual Coach
MD Counseling Board Approved Clinical Supervisor

Trained in: EFT / Tapping Procedure, Deep Breathing Meditation/Mindfulness, Visualization, Rational Gestalt Therapy, (NLP) Nuero-linguistic Programming-perception shifting work, Solution-Focused Therapy, Resiliency Training, CBT, Brief Therapy Training, Existentialism, Ericksonian's Hypnotherapy, and (AIT) Advanced Integrative Therapy-breathing techniques to cleanse the body of any harmful mind/body and spiritual connections from past traumas, stress, triggers, or depression and then to instill positive core beliefs. These stress management techniques can help you gain control over your mind/body connection, to propel you to be more resilient and able to ward off stress related illnesses.

Marilyn is a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, the Maryland Association for Counseling and Development (MACD). She serves of MACD’s Memership Chair this year. 

As a Holistic therapist and life coach I help my clients see their mistaken beliefs, also called limiting beliefs, that can keep them from achieving their goals and dreams.  These irrational beliefs came from somewhere; it's one's perception of what people in their past, who didn't believe in them projected onto them - If these other people didn't believe in themselves how can we expect them to believe in anyone else?  One may even have taken others' positive intentions the wrong way and took these mistaken beliefs as their beliefs of themselves.  One's negative self-talk fuel their negative beliefs and then feelings.  Once someone believes anything negative others say or do to define them, then that makes the other person more important than them and often these thoughts become incongruent to the positive beliefs they once had.

The work and the shift begins when you can recognize your irrational beliefs that limit your success and growth. Working on understanding the source of one's beliefs, and learning to make yourself the new source of your beliefs is the first step.  Anyone can STOP their negative self-talk by replacing them with daily affirmations they want to believe. You can learn how to believe in your positive affirmations by using various mind/body techniques.  It really works; these affirmations can be so uplifting and empowering.  Such as, "I'm not defined by my negative beliefs or feelings, the step I will take today to step into my greatness is____, I believe in myself and my abilities, I'm okay with the ups and downs of life, I'm not the ups and downs of life, I'm moving in a positive direction, and Being Imperfect is Perfect."   
Learning and then Practing your daily "Resiliency Routine" of EFT/Tapping 2-3 minutes a day, Mindfully Meditating, and/or Advanced Intergrative Therapy (AIT) breath work, sensory healing, can help you shift your mind/body and spiritual connection from negative to positive.  Your stress from your past can be enbedded within you and be re- triggered again and again.  Learning to cleanse yourself with certain mindful breathing and cognitive techniques can help you move forward in a posiitve direction.  Anything negative can be turned around to positive.  Your perception and then your feelings will become more positive when you mindfully shift your negative thoughts to positive thoughts.  You may need to fake it until you make to live as your Authentic-Self.  Anything is possible, if you think you can!!

Marilyn Spenadel, MS, LCPC, NCC, BCC     Authentically U Counseling, LLC - Montgomery County Therapist

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