Couple by a Lake
Couple by a Lake

Authentically U!

Providing Counseling and/or Coaching for individuals, couples, families, and groups for adolescents and adults.


"Is your perception helping you?,
Perception is Everything; If you think you can, You Can!,
BREATHE, FOCUS, GROW....

Do you want to learn how to reframe your negative self-talk to positive?,
Your destiny is only a vision away; create your Vision Board & "Strength Kit,"
Learn how to connect with others and how to see their positive intentions,
What relaxation techniques could you learn to positively help you now?"

- Marilyn Spenadel, MS, LCPC



"All that we are is the result of what we have thought," ~ Buddha


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot


"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude towards what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you," ~ Sri Ram & expressed by Viktor Frankl


 



Treatment specialization includes:

  • Therapy for Depression, Anxiety, and Transitions
  • Individual Counseling
  • Individual professional life coaching and spiritual coaching
  • Couples Counseling 
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Parenting Support
  • Adolescent and Adult At-Risk Counseling
  • ADHD life skills 
    • executive functioning issues 
    • making mindful decisions
  • Stress Management & Mindfulness techniques
  • Diabetes mindfulness, meditations, and stress management techniques
  • Chronic illness strategies and coping skills






Your Mind/Body Connection!!, "Learn to notice where your tension is in your body and how to breathe through it" Understand you mind/body connection to stress and how you can control it and your destiny Learn new coping skills & the power of Positive Thinking  (Instill new positive core beliefs))
  • Meditation, breathing, EFT/Tapping, and visualization training
  • Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) Sensory Breathing -cleansing trauma, triggers, and stressors permanently
  • Trauma Cleansing, Centering, Chakra Balancing and Energy Healing
  • Nuero-linguiestic Programming (NLP) Change and Reframing Work
  • Erickson's Hypnotherapy
  • Solution-Focused therapy
  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Challenge mistaken beliefs & negative self-talk
  • Create positive self-talk & positive perceptions
  • Conflict Resolution & Change Work
  • Acceptance Work


Therapeutical Approach:

I work with clients with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues as I provide services for anxiety, trauma, depression, and At-Risk Youth counseling to individuals, families, parenting support, couples counseling, and help during transitions. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer an eclectic highly personalized holistic approach that meets my clients where they are at emotionally to help them focus on the positive to get them where they want to go. We will practice healthy coping skills to fill their personalized "Strength Kit" which can be used at home, school, or work to grow from. Clients can learn the power of positive thinking, cleansing breathing meditation, and how to reframe mistaken beliefs to positive self-talk. Since what one focuses on grows, clients will practice thinking and visualizing positively about their present and future when they're emotionally ready to.

With my eclectic approach I use solution-focused, mind/body connection energy healing, and cognitive behavior techniques to help adults, adolescents, and their families reframe irrational beliefs or negative self-talk that may have kept them stuck, to more positive self-talk and perceptions that can best help them grow and move forward. My clients can learn to move on from past traumas and stressors, not be triggered by current stressors, as they learn the positive intentions and feelings from communications they may have perceived from others as negative. Clients can find immediate relief from mental baggage and stress that may have been weighing them down as they learn to breathe through their stress in the areas of their body that is holding onto it. With these stress reducing techniques clients can become more resilient to stress related illnesses. Together we can practice coping skills that one can continue to use to enhance, balance their life, and help find inner peace.



Working in these school areas as a Montgomery County Therapist:

Walter Johnson High School, Tilden Middle School, Wootton High School, Charles E Smith Day School, Julius West Middle School, Frost Middle School, Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, McLean School, Georgetown Prep, Holy Cross, Rockville High School, Summit Hall Elementary School, Neelsville Middle School, Beverly Farm Elementary School, Rockville therapy, Bethesda therapy



Psycho-educational and Therapuetic Group Themes:

Themes of my experiential groups have included: stress management,meditation and mindfulness; mind/body connection cleansing breathing work, progressive relaxation,guided imagery and visualization, EFT/Tapping;perception is everything and how to make yours positive, do you have an internal locus of control?, the power of positive thinking, anger management;mistaken beliefs and challenging one's irrational perceptions; healthy independent living; creating your personalized "Strength Kit" and Authentically U Vision Board, how to change negative self-talk to positive self-talk with daily affirmations and/or Vision Boards, journaling-5 minute sprint and/or re-writing your story; healthy-assertive communication and boundaries--how to develop trust, learn to empathize with self and others to gain insight and/or forgiveness; how to self-advocate; understanding other's positive intentions; NLP Change Work, and a myriad of other themes and techniques depending on what is needed for the clients.

 




 

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