Life is about balance....
Douglas Mariano is our clinical intern, completing his requirements for a Masters of Social Work! As an intern, he is supervised by our clinical supervisor, Pendy Payne, LCSW. When asked to describe a bit about himself, here is what he says!
"I love to spend time with my family going for hikes, walks, or anything that allows me to be with people I love and in nature. I love to be outside and I like to balance staying at home working on hands-on projects (especially the garden) and playing the guitar.
Douglas is a husband and father of 6 children (2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats). He loves his family and the opportunity to see them evolve in their best version more than anything. This is with same passion and commitment he brings to his work in the behavioral health field.
I see you....
I like to focus on the here-and-now. I consider your history and life journey but instead focus on you directly as an individual with strengths and abilities evolved by an environment that shapes you daily. I am in this process with you to understand the challenges you are facing and use your strengths to improve your resilience.
I am here to help you accept who you are, build self-respect, and improve your well-being. I want to assist you, teach you skills to manage painful emotions, improve interpersonal interactions and help you feel your best to pursue the life goals that make sense to you. My goal is to provide a place where you can feel secure, heard, validated, and accepted so you can feel comfortable working on your personal goals.
Kids & Families- feeling connected
Doug has a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and human services and has experience working with children and families. He believes that this is his calling as a professional. He loves to connect with people and has a special ability to help them see the best part of themselves. Douglas is originally from Brazil and brings a different perspective about the way to approach and support clients. He is attuned to race, cultural and ethical issues and strives to bring social justice and equal care to all individuals.
I am here for you and your family with the intent to hear, validate and support you through the therapeutic process. I take a client-centered approach, where you have the opportunity to be in the driver's seat. I am here to understand you and assist you with my knowledge, experience in the field, and most importantly, empathy and the belief in your inner strength as an individual or family to be resilient and overcome challenges life brings you.
I use some of the following modalities- CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Creative Play Therapy, Family Therapy.