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By: Alyssa H.
Mary Kathleen Buckley, LCSW
I can thank Mary Kay with saving my life. She got me through a devastating breakup and was the only person who has ever made me feel truly heard. She validated my feelings and made me feel seen and understood for the first time ever. I have recommended her to multiple friends and acquaintances and have only heard positive feedback from them. I was raised religiously but do not associate with organized religion, I feel I am an extremely spiritual person and she always nurtured this and in fact was the one to point out when I was going through a spiritual awakening. I saw Mary Kay twice a week for about a year and I can truly say I am a happier, more confident, peaceful version of who I used to be. If you are looking for a therapist who has decades of experience helping patients grieve from loss.
By: Maura O.
Mary Kathleen Buckley, LCSW
I've seen several therapists over the years on and but Mary Kay is the only one that understood my issues. I was in the midst of a lot of changes in my life that were causing me stress and anxiety. Mary Kay listened, validated my feelings, and helped me gain control of my life again. I'm a healthier and happier person because of her!
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Group counseling is when one or more counselors lead a group discussion, usually between five and 15 people. The group may focus on a shared experience or situation, and provide support and encouragement to the other attendees.
Each state defines its own requirements for what licenses and education are needed to be a counselor. It's common for counselors to have a bachelor's degree in psychology or a similar field, as well as a master's degree. After that, counselors should obtain their state license, and can move on to achieving other licenses like the:
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) license
  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) license
  • Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) license
  • Forensic Health Evaluators (FHE) license
  • Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) license
  • Certified Family Therapist (CFT) license
This all depends on the patient's goals and circumstances. Some people are happy with their results after just a few sessions; others continue to meet with their counselors for years. There is no right or wrong length of time to go to counseling.
Anyone can benefit from counseling services. Counseling can help you gain greater insight into yourself; deal with feelings of sadness, worry, depression or anxiety; as well as work out relationship problems, trauma or addiction. Not every type of counseling service works with every person.
Yes. Except in very specific situations, a counselor will never repeat conversations from a counseling session. Situations where information from sessions might be shared include:
  • If the counselor believes the patient might harm him or herself, or someone else.
  • If the counselor wants to get a second opinion on the patient's treatment. If this is the case, the counselor should seek the patient's written permission before consulting another professional.

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