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Maryann Whalen, LICSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma and abuse Parenting issues Depression
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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!

Professional experience

27yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation/Loneliness, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

MA LICSW 113653


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Maryann Whalen. 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.

Maryann has been a great therapist and life coach! I highly recommend her to anyone using BetterHelp; she is willing to work with you and your needs.

I have come a long way since my first session with her. I am proud of the progress I have made during this time.

Written on May 06, 2023 after therapy with Maryann for 6 years and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and sleeping disorders

I love her

Written on Apr 01, 2023 after therapy with Maryann for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with

MaryAnn is very professional and caring

Written on Jan 30, 2023 after therapy with Maryann for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, and grief

Maryann is kind and understanding. Her comments and suggestions are right on!

Written on Mar 23, 2022 after therapy with Maryann for 2 months on issues concerning grief

Maryann is an incredible help to my mental fortitude and psyche. She provided me tangible and actionable methods to help me deal with my troubles

Written on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Maryann for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties

She is wonderful! Helped me a lit in my time of need

Written on Sep 07, 2021 after therapy with Maryann for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem