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Marion Williams Psychotherapy, LPC

Marion Williams is a board-certified counselor and expressive arts therapist with 25 years of experience working with adults and adolescents. She is trained in mental health counseling and pastoral counseling and helps people work with their thoughts and feelings to reduce anxiety and manage stress. She enjoys helping people utilize their own inner resources to heal.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Religion and Spirituality
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • AllSavers UHC
  • Harvard Pilgrim
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • Connecticut
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“Sessions are structured and include talk therapy with occasional homework and, when helpful, breathwork, meditation, or expressive modalities, such as writing, drawing, or journaling.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist started when a major life event caused me to look within. In addition to individual and group therapy, I used drawing and painting to express myself. Coming from a family of artists, this was a natural way for me to process my thoughts and feelings. A belief in something larger than myself has been a positive constant in my life, as has the practice of listening to people and helping them meet goals and embrace change. After several years of outreach work with vulnerable populations, training to become a therapist was a natural evolution for me. The journey to becoming a counselor has taken me to hospitals, addiction treatment, and psychiatric settings, working with adults and adolescents. I have found that no matter the setting, people are resilient when given the tools and space to grow into lives that express their true selves.
What should someone know about working with you?
I use a whole person, strengths-based approach, including mind, body, and spirit to help people learn coping skills, manage stress, and reduce anxiety. I will listen to what you are seeking in therapy, and then we will create a treatment plan based on your goals. Sessions are structured and include talk therapy with occasional homework and, when helpful, breathwork, meditation, or expressive modalities, such as writing, drawing, or journaling. Progress in therapy includes an increased ability to manage life challenges and success in setting and meeting goals. I am trained to work with spiritual or religious issues if that is a concern of yours. I work best with motivated clients.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I engage in ongoing clinical supervision and training in drama, art therapy, and spiritually-integrated psychotherapy. This keeps me up-to-date and fresh in my clinical skills. I enjoy being part of professional communities to learn and exchange with peers in my field. The thing I love the most about the field of counseling is that it is always growing and there are always new things to learn.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values guide my work and have also helped me successfully deal with life’s challenges. I work to create space for the client to find meaning, hope, and purpose in their life. My compassion for the human condition underpins my clinical perspective.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I participated in a CBT pilot group for people who hear voices at my internship and found the most exciting thing was seeing how allowing for connection and letting people express themselves helped reduce stigma and normalize experiences that might have created a feeling of isolation otherwise. I believe one of the major blocks to adequate mental health treatment is the stigma some people may feel about their symptoms or diagnosis. Research that aids in acceptance of the common denominator in humanity — vulnerability — is a step forward for the treatment field.
Are there any types of problems that do you not work with?
I don’t work with active addictions, active suicidality, self-harm, PTSD, or personality disorders, as I believe these require a higher level of care than individual online counseling. If one of these concerns does come up during an already existing treatment, I will refer to a higher level of care or seek adjunct treatment for the particular issue and stay with the client until the treatment goals are reached.
“My compassion for the human condition underpins my clinical perspective.”
Interested in speaking with Marion?