About me

I am a licensed professional counselor, currently licensed in West Virginia and South Carolina, with 8 years of clinical work experience in both intensive outpatient group therapy and individual therapy with adults to improve coping skills to manage life- and mental health related stressors.

I work with clients to improve skills to manage stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, history of adverse childhood experiences and attachment rupture. I am well versed in trauma therapy and in accompanying clients to come to terms with past trauma.
I also work with clients to develop skills to cope with life changes such as loss of role, changes in health, and adjusting to developmental stages in adult life.

I have experienced and seen the benefits of a warm therapeutic relationship in creating change in clients, and the importance of engaging clients to recognize their existing strengths and skills that can be applied to manage stressors, overcome challenges, and to improve quality of life.

I use a variety of theoretical treatment approaches as it fits the client - no one theory fits all. I will work with you to develop a therapeutic language that resonates with you.

Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and you have taken that first step! I am looking forward to work with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Afrikaans


Licensing

SC LPC 8368

WV LPC 2388


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Maria Gaum . We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Dec 07, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, and adhd

Maria is very knowledgeable and empathetic. She asked about my therapy goals, listened to my concerns and gave practical suggestions to help me deal with my issues. I would definitely recommend her to anyone, and would use her again myself!

Written on Oct 21, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Maria has been an amazing help to me. She is so kind and expresses her care and concern for my well-being. Her understanding and welcoming nature makes her a great person to talk to.

Written on Oct 18, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

Maria has helped me so much throughout situations I never even thought I would face. She’s helped me find new ways of thinking and challenge behaviors I had been taught my entire childhood and early adulthood. I am so very thankful to have her to talk to, and for her encouragement and tools to help me better myself.

Written on Oct 17, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

offers great advice and an excellent listener. helps to point out patterns of behavior and provides great tips for bettering your situation. Her advice for my panic episodes was excellent and has been helping a lot.

Written on Sep 25, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I just started with Maria, but she is the first therapist I’ve ever felt hopeful with. She understands me, and is helping me understand myself.

Written on Aug 24, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Maria has really helped me with coping skills for my trauma and anxiety. She listens and gives incredible feedback that makes me feel heard, validated and safe.

Written on Aug 01, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

I feel that Maria not only actively listens to me, but she understands me. I feel like when I speak, Maria is able to analyze what I say and give me practical, and easily applicable goals that help me understand myself more clearly. I would highly, highly recommend her to anyone.

Written on Jul 27, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and parenting issues

She has been a lifesaver in a time of uncertainly. It’s been so nice to have an unbiased and non judgmental ear to discuss things with. She makes excellent points and asks questions that get me thinking.

Written on Jul 06, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Wonderful to speak to. Listens to and understands my thoughts and feelings. Helps work through complex issues.

Written on Jun 22, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Maria is thorough and insightful! Just one session has helped enormously!

Written on Jun 16, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Excellent!

Written on Jun 08, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I really feel like it is helping me

Written on Jun 01, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Maria has a calm and welcoming presence. She’s easy to talk to and gave me tools that helped immensely.

Work with me!