I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. My pronouns are she/her. I am trained in somatic psychotherapy, and I believe that people are not good or bad even when they have some troubling or even harmful behavior. I believe that there is no wrong way to be a person in the world and view all behaviors and choices as a reflection and collection of what has built up inside of or is part of the person making the choice. As a therapist this is reflected in my ability to establish relationships with my clients from a place of curiosity and non-judgment.
My therapeutic foundation rests largely on existentialism and feminist theory. The existential foundation includes the belief that we are responsible for ourselves in the world and that we are happier when we are able to find and create meaning in our lives. The feminist theory that is a part of my work means is that when I am working with a client, that we explore the power dynamics in relationships not only from how it feels but also in the context of a larger socio-cultural lens and social location such as context and awareness of privilege.
My approach to therapy stems from an underlying belief that all people are worthy and that throughout our lives we internalize reactions from others in the world that make us question our value. Because of that, people often start to think that there is something "wrong" with the way that they think and feel. My approach includes the belief that all feelings and thoughts have a purpose and are not "wrong." This includes anxiety and depression. I am a great fit for individuals hoping to find out what the thoughts and feelings inside are trying to say.
Healing starts with accepting who we are, not convincing ourselves that there is something wrong with who we are. I view therapy as a collaboration between therapist and client and expect my clients to bring their own questions to the work we do together. I am typically not a great fit, for someone expecting to be told what to do. I will not do that.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Jealousy, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Narcissism, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Somatic Therapy
MN LMFT 2916
Marie is so helpful as well as comforting. She is able to relate my experiences to many others so I never feel alone in my struggle. She is awesome!
Written on Aug 14, 2023 after therapy with Marie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes
Marie Grace is really pretty amazing. In the short time that I've been seeing her, my anxiety has come down and I feel like it's easier to deal with some of the things that have been bothering me. She listens, doesn't pull punches, doesn't sugar coat and makes me think about what's and why's and frames things in a no bs manner...which I absolutely appreciate. I'm so glad I got paired with her for a therapist.
Written on Aug 11, 2023 after therapy with Marie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and grief
Very compassionate and validating
Written on Jun 20, 2023 after therapy with Marie for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
She’s an amazing listener and is so genuine. Working through some family systems issues with her and she’s been very helpful.
Written on Jun 03, 2023 after therapy with Marie for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
She provides me with the validation, understanding, encouragement and joy I’ve long desired.
Written on May 06, 2023 after therapy with Marie for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Marie is very good at active listening. She also helped me see alternative ways to look at situations differently
Written on Mar 05, 2023 after therapy with Marie for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, and relationship issues