Marina Williams, Review

Marina Williams, Review

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by APK84, Jan. 07, 2015

When I started to see Marina in the summer of 2013, I had been struggling mightily with depression and anxiety (though I didn't realize the anxiety at the time) for about 6 months, and I later learned even longer. If you're struggling with these kinds of issues, you might be able to relate to my feeling at the time that I didn't even know where to begin with tackling what was wrong.

Marina quickly dimmed the unproductive thoughts I had that were making me unhappy and helped me gain laser focus on the real issues that I could tackle, one, specifically, that I had anxiety. I hadn't really realized before that I had anxiety, I thought it was just my personality! But right from the first session Marina gave me exercises to do on my own, "homework" as others have termed it, so even when I wasn't in session I could be actively working to improve. I saw immediate results, and once I got to a base level of recognizing what I needed to work on, each session Marina helped me build, strengthen, and feel better. What I thought was just a tough 6 months to a year I realized was actually me suffering for 3+ years. Marina helped me regain the person I thought I wasn't any longer through excellent issue framing, attention to detail, expertise, and constantly moving forward in treatment. She also does a lot of research and professional development all the time to stay on top of her craft and keep sharp-she constantly gave me resources to look into on my own that were really enlightening (not in an annoying way, but things she thought I in particular would be interested in in/find useful).

Marina has excellent ratings, which lead me to her, and now I know why. I referred a friend to her and would heartily recommend her to anyone.



* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 1 - 3 years
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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Marina - Very Helpful Therapist
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by RHCM, Apr. 03, 2014

We went to Marina for Couple's Therapy, and it was a very helpful program. I say 'program' specifically, because it is not an open-ended outlet of weekly hour long tattle-tale, passive aggressive battles with your spouse. There are actual solutions presented, there is homework, and she ensures that you walk away each time validated, affirmed, and with a mindset that you will eventually have to move forward if you are willing to take her guidance and the next steps. I could have sat on the couch all night and cried about my past every week, but Marina only lets that go on for so long before it is time to identify a solution and a path out of the woods. She really shows you that you did not go to her in order to wallow, but to discuss a better future while working through the past. If the solutions presented and worked on begin to breakdown, Marina let us know that we are always welcome back for a re-fresher, and to re-assess how to once again communicate productively. When you do the homework, and everyone does their part, the solutions work. It is easy to get complacent, but that only shows that it is time to get back on track with the skills Marina has taught you (much like going to the gym- you have to go for it to work)! :) Everyone knows relationships take work and dedication, just like everything else that is worth anything in life. Marina will teach you how to work smarter, and not harder/miserably.

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for <6 months
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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Amazing Therapist - Trauma Recovery !
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by Doggies, Feb. 04, 2014

Marina has a gift - I was able to connect with her immediately.  I love her style and the homework that she gives at the end of each session.  She emanates a feeling of trustworthiness, peace and knowledge.

Her questions and insight have been eye-opening for me.  She was the first therapist that actually addressed the very source of my life-long depression, namely my emotional trauma.  It was Marina that made me realize that I was still traumatized, and it was her that made me overcome this trauma.  She actually managed to jump-start me in the right direction to find myself as a person again.  I can truly say that it is because of Marina's help and therapy that I feel alive and optimistic for the first time in my life!

She has my full recommendation to anyone seeking help, especially trauma recovery.  Trauma recovery is actually possible, something that I would have never believed before!

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* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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by FortHill, Oct. 27, 2013

Marina has a tremendous gift - she has a natural, unforced sense of insight and wisdom. It was my first experience with a therapist and it helped me greatly.

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She's great!
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by jmuga02, Jul. 26, 2013

I came to Marina seeking counseling for a number of personal issues and she was helpful, insightful, cordial and encouraging. Today I am happy to say that if it wasn't for her I could have been another statistic.
I've finally found my niche and it was all because of her help.


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* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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Anxiety counseling
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by PalmTree22, May. 06, 2013

Marina was a huge help in my recovery from a short bout of anxiety. She kept the momentum going week after week and I didn't feel like I had to repeat anything or backtrack.

She did not try to keep me in therapy forever, which I think is a huge indicator of a therapist's honesty and ethics.

I even referred my sister!

If I had to pick a couple of cons, they would be that we didn't incorporate any faith-based issues very much and I sometimes felt as if we were "going by the book."  Overall these were minor issues in a very positive therapy experience.

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* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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