Maryann Whalen

(LICSW, CADC)

About Me

I began my career in the field of addictions in 1996 and haven't looked back since, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for both addictions and dual diagnosis in the state of Massachusetts including Methdone and Suboxone clinics. Along the way I realized the need for further education and training in the areas of trauma and abuse, and am a certified member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. In addition to this, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge in the areas of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, parenting issues, relationship issues, LGBT issues, as well as helping people increase their sense of self esteem and confidence. I believe in meeting the client where they are at and never force them to discuss sensitive issues until they are ready to do so on their own. Over the years I have found the most strength is believing in my clients and encouraging them to be the person they always wanted to be.

I have various approaches, and the approach I use is client based depending on their needs whether it be CBT,, strengths based, or motivational. I am also DBT trained, and received my certification in 2004 from intense workshops through Marsha Linehan. The objective for me has always been to meet the client where they are at, not where I think they should be. I do not believe in forcing someone to talk about something they are not ready or not comfortable to talk about as I understand the importance of trust in a therapeutic relationship. My mannerism with clients comes from genuine care and compassion and I love to celebrate their successes with them as well as help troubleshoot the stumbling blocks along the way.

I would love the opportunity to guide you along your journey as well!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship, Family, Grief, Intimacy-related, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 21

Licensing

LICSW #113653 (Expires: 2018-10-31)


Reviews

Written by Z.O. on Oct 05, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month

Maryann has the ability to hone in on the real issue when things seem choatic or overwhelming. She has a great sense of humor. Most importantly she listens and offers sound advice.

Written by B.R. on Sep 21, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks depression, addictions, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and career

Maryann is a great therapist. She always made time to have video/voice calls with me and never made me feel guilty for requesting them. She was supportive but honest with me which I feel is incredibly valuable. I'd definitively recommend her to people.

Written by S.T. on Sep 20, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, and relationship

I have been communicating with Maryann for about 2 weeks now and I am very happy with her prompt responses, her understanding of my issues, and her suggestions and feedback. I would recommend Maryann to anyone.

Written by E.R. on Sep 19, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks stress, anxiety

Maryann is a kind person who is non-judgmental, and who has a lot of knowledge in her field. Looking forward to continuing to work with her!

Written by D.E. on Sep 02, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Very helpful.

Written by L.E. on Aug 31, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 5 months depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Maryann is definitely the best therapist I ever had. Relatable, to the point, holds me accountable, and seriously...who does't need that? She has depth, wisdom, and spirituality mixed in with heavy doses of common sense and practicality. Did i mention accountability? I have been seeing her for almost 6 months. I really value my time with her, and at first I wasn't so sure of online therapy, but now I wouldn't even go the traditional office route. Thanks for everything!

Written by T.A. on Aug 22, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 4 months depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and career

I love Maryann. She is the best of the best. Without her I don't think I could have made such progress and have grown without her.

Written by S.H. on Jul 20, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 5 months stress, anxiety, relationship, and sleeping

I found Maryann's advice to be on-point and quite helpful.

Written by B.E. on Jun 22, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 5 months stress, anxiety, family, self esteem, and depression

Maryann has been a great help to me over the last year. She is someone outside my social circle that I can talk to and gives me great feed back and ideas. We are a lot alike and its has been a great learning experience for us both as we live in totally different parts of the country.

Written by M.I. on Jun 12, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and sleeping

Maryann is absolutely amazing and I feel fortunate to be working with her!

Written by C.H. on May 23, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, eating, and self esteem

Maryann certainly gets to the point of what you are having trouble with! Extremely helpful. I will certainly recommend her!

Written by P.H on May 08, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 3 months depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping, and self esteem

She is very helpful and a great counselor.

Written by C.A. on May 01, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks family, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Maryann is very professional, thoughtful, and gentle. She has been a great help to me and I am thankful to have been matched with her.

Written by E.R. on Apr 18, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, sleeping, and self esteem

I feel comfortable talking with Maryann.

Written by L.E on Apr 11, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, sleeping, self esteem, and career

I just started with Maryanne and so far she has been very warm and it's so nice having someone I can write to whenever something is heavy on my mind.

Written by C.A on Apr 10, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Having Maryann to talk to and work through issues with has been an amazing experience for me. She always seems to have insight that I never would have thought of on my own. With BetterHelp and Maryann I feel like I've been thrown a life preserver to prevent me from drowning in my own anxiety.
I'm so thankful I gave this a try and that I was matched with Maryann!

Written by A.N on Mar 24, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks relationship, family, and parenting

responsive and thoughtful.
Pleasant to work with.
Thank you Maryann

Written by D.E on Mar 15, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Been with Maryann for a few weeks now, and It's been rather helpful. I would like to say I came to her with the knowledge of what my problem was in the first place, that there was no rooting around for it to begin with, but she has helped combat the problem I knew I had, as well as come up with ways to deal with things I hadn't thought of as an immediate issue in the first place. I plan to stick with her for as long as I can, she's been a huge help in just the few short weeks I have had in contact with her.

Written by D.A on Jan 23, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger, and career

Mary Ann has been wonderful throughout a year's worth of transitions. I really appreciate her help.

Written by J.U on Jan 17, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and family

I found Maryann to be compassionate and supportive. She was very responsive to my questions. I would have liked to continue working with her, however the cost of membership was a burden for me.

Written by M.I on Jan 12, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 6 months stress, anxiety, addictions, and sleeping

Maryann is an outstanding person to work with. She is caring, efficient and reliable and all of this makes me really regret not seeking BetterHelp earlier.

Written by J.E on Jan 04, 2017 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping, and self esteem

Maryann is very nice. When she asked me questions they was right on the money.

Written by G.B on Dec 23, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger

Maryanne Whalen has been awesome! She is supportive, kind and non-judgemental. I also like her honesty, being a good guide toward healing. I would highly recommend her!

Written by D.E on Dec 23, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 2 months stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and depression

Maryann has been helpful in my experience with her. She sends me helpful worksheets and websites to explore different areas that are affecting me. She is always kind and easy to talk to and I have enjoyed my experience with her!

Written by L.O on Nov 13, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month

Maryann is an excellent counselor. She has helped me faced some tough questions and it's not even been that long that I've been with her. She makes you feel comfortable, and will do her best to work with you around your schedule. I will continue see her as long as she has me!

Written by C.H on Nov 12, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Smart, compassionate, and incredibly kind. I find her responses and questions to be thought-provoking and geared towards greater understanding on my part.

Written by M.E on Nov 10, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 4 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, eating, self esteem, and bipolar

Maryann is so great at understanding precisely what I'm trying to convey. I often worry that I'm making no sense but she really gets me! I chuckle sometimes to see her responses, and shout, "Yes! Exactly!" I really look forward to her responses, and feel comfortable telling her anything. She's really amazing.

Written by M.A on Oct 21, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Maryann has been wonderful. It's been a week talking with her and already I have made positive changes in my life and dealing with my anxiety / depression in a healthy way.

Written by C.H on Oct 04, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 11 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and depression

Maryann is a very caring, loving and a great counselor. She is very respectful, undersatnding and flexible counselor. I dont know where I would be without her.

Written by A.M on Sep 14, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks family, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Maryann is a fantastic counselor! She has helped me immensely and I've only been talking to her for a few weeks. The process of BetterHelp online counseling is convenient and effective. I highly recommend it and her! Thanks Maryann!

Written by L.I on Sep 13, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger

I absolutely love this woman. She is kind, caring, understanding and genuinely tries to help you because she wants to make the world a better place and she's doing a fantastic job. She's funny and brilliant and she is a great woman to talk to if you're going through a hard time. I feel like the world crushed me and she gave me hope and help and a sense of comfort and security knowing that she cares. I feel much better knowing that there is someone there willing to listen and help and genuinely cares. If every doctor was like this woman the world would be drastically changed for the better.

Written by T.M on Aug 10, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Maryann is a great councilor, she cares and really helps you to understand and better yourself.

Written by K.O on Aug 06, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career, and bipolar

I bounce all over the place when I am talking to this sweet soul. Maryann is right there with me. She has amazing tips and tricks to deal with those bad days. I just feel so much better after reading her responses. You'll always be looking forward to what she has said. Thank you, Maryann.

Written by M.E on Aug 06, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 2 months stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and depression

Maryann has been wonderful. She is easy to talk to and is able to help me work through my issues. I have always been a closed person, afraid to trust others enough to talk about my problems, but she put me at ease and made this such a successful experience. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a caring support figure.

Written by A.L on Jul 26, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Maryann is a great therapist! Very sweet and genuinely concerned about my welfare. I am happy to have had her support through some very trying times.

Written by A.N on Jun 16, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, bipolar, and depression

Maryann is wonderful, very responsive, and goes an extra mile to give me the tools I need to get better!! She even helps me find coupons, activities for my children, and shares tips and tricks!! She is wonderful.

Written by B.O on Apr 21, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 2 months stress, anxiety, addictions, and depression

Very smart and understanding!

Written by K.T on Mar 26, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 4 months stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, career, and depression

Maryann is genuinely good at what she does. I came here with a lot of issues bouncing around in my head and she helped me start sorting through them right away. Her kindness and wisdom have been immeasurably helpful. Thanks to her support, I'm feeling hopeful again.

Written by A.S on Mar 24, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks

Maryann brings the CALM which has helped me find clarity. Working with her has been a joy!

Written by L.E on Mar 09, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month relationship, family, and self esteem

Maryann has been my rock through the break up of my marriage. She is always willing to tell me when I am overthinking and when I am overreacting. I don't know where I'd be without Maryann!

Written by R.E on Feb 26, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 4 months stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, and depression

BetterHelp has been an incredible resource for me. I live in a rural area where access to mental health services is very limited. Maryann has given me hope that I can get the care I desire and has been very supportive through an impossible situation. I feel like I have gotten more benefit from working with her than through years of ineffective bureaucratic care. She is caring and compassionate, while being forward and real. I need blunt, direct feedback and she is able to provide that with a great balance of sensitively and grace.

Written by J.U on Feb 24, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month stress, anxiety, family, parenting, anger, and depression

MaryAnn gets me so quickly and has a lot of knowledge and experience that I'm finding invaluable to my life! Thank you for your continued support!

Written by C.A on Feb 24, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, sleeping, and depression

Maryann, I never knew that I could be so happy and trusting and excited for life again!! I hope you know how important you are and how amazing your heart is to help people like me!! You're an angel from heaven and I'll never be able to thank you enough!!! -Cass.

Written by J.E on Feb 22, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 2 months stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, bipolar, and depression

She's amazing. Maryann always gives me plenty of advice, but she also has little jokes that keeps the mood light. It's been wonderful having such a great counselor there to help me help myself!

Written by M.A on Feb 14, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 6 days stress, anxiety, relationship, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and depression

I feel completely comfortable talking with her. She is kind and gives wonderful advice.

Written by F.A on Feb 12, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 2 months stress, anxiety, addictions, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, self esteem, bipolar, and depression

She's an amazing listener!

Written by K.I on Feb 08, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 3 months stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career, and depression

She is very kind and generous. I feel like even though I have just started therapy with her, she has already given me a lot of insight and clarity. Looking forward to many more conversations with her!

Written by D.E on Feb 07, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 2 months intimacy-related, and self esteem

Maryann is by far the best counselor I've ever had. She's friendly, she's personable, and she digs right to the heart of the matter without being pushy or brutal. I need someone who can ask me tough questions, who can hold me accountable, and she does exactly that. I love her!

Written by B.E on Jan 20, 2016 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, family, self esteem, and depression

Maryann was chosen for me from the profile I sent in to BetterHelp. We have connected on a level that usually takes years to make, and she has helped me alot in the short time we've been talking. I never thought I would be able to connect with someone with words only, no face time has been had, it's been an interesting trip with Maryann and I would do it again.

Written by J.U on Nov 26, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month

She was very attentive! She is also willing to go deeper than the initial issue(s) at hand.

Written by M.A on Nov 23, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month

Maryann is absolutely wonderful! She is personable, attentive, kind and supportive. She works with you at your own pace, offers great advice and is never pushy or judgmental in anyway. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

Written by J.E on Nov 17, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month

I really appreciate Maryann Whalen. Her advice is sound, wise and nonjudgmental. Even though she has never met me, I truly feel like she cares. She always checks up on me if I haven't responded and that speaks volumes. I love this form of counseling. I truly appreciate Maryann, she has done more than you could imagine for me. Thank you!

Written by S.A on Nov 10, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and depression

Maryann is wonderful! She has helped me in only a few weeks to come to realizations I never would have arrived at on my own. She is kind and caring, and creates a supportive and safe conversation which really helped me to open up about what I have been experiencing. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing counselor!

Written by C.A on Nov 08, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month stress, anxiety, and depression

Maryann is such an amazing counselor! She's so kind and never judgmental. She has an open ear and an open heart to help with any issues you may be having. She's just awesome and I wouldn't trade her for the world! :) Thanks so much for your help, Maryann!

Written by H.O on Oct 29, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and depression

Maryann is awesome, gives great advise and has helped me work through some issues.

Written by G.I on Oct 26, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, parenting, and depression

Maryann is a wonderful therapist. She has helped me a great bit to stop enabling my son's actions and to encourage us. She gave us many great suggestions. She was prompt in her responses and kind. She seemed interested and supportive of our problems. love her!!!

Written by M.I on Oct 01, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 1 month

Maryann is thoughtful and responsive. She makes you redirect back to root causes. I think working with her will yield positive results

Written by S.H on Sep 30, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, grief, parenting, self esteem, bipolar, and depression

It is great working with Maryann. She responds promptly and to the point. Her responses are also sincere and you can tell she cares. She is also flexible to working with you in how you would like to be helped.

Written by A.S on Aug 29, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, and depression

Maryann is a wonderful counseling, exactly what you want in a counselor: kind, considerate, open-minded and incredibly passionate about her work. I've only been speaking with her for a few weeks, but am already feeling better and making small improvements and changes to my mental health. I am incredibly grateful for her help. Thanks for making therapy so accessible and helpful!

Written by Q.U on Aug 11, 2015 after counseling with Maryann for 3 weeks family, and parenting

I value my time with Maryann. She is wonderful at helping me to see things clearly. I value her input. Her insight is most helpful. I couldn't imagine how my life would be if I wasn't able to chat with Maryann.