Therapy

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. More importantly, I am a human being who feels honored to walk side-by-side with others on their life journey. I think the most important part of therapy is having someone be a witness to your pain. My job is not to fix or to heal you, but it is to validate, support, and guide you to heal yourself.

I believe that healing happens when you are invited to collaborate with me in creating a new relational experience. Taking the first step in seeking help is difficult, but once you do, the path of healing begins.

Specializations:

  • Trauma
  • Women
  • Postpartum and perinatal specific challenges
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relational issues
  • Life transitions i.e. divorce, loss of parents, empty nesters, career change, etc.
  • Substance abuse disorders and families impacted by addiction/illness
  • Grief/loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based therapy

How do I schedule an appointment?

I currently see clients at 65 South Colony Rd, Wallingford, CT. In order to schedule an appointment, please call 203-626-1839. You may also email me at amariani1105@beyondwellnessct.com. I see individuals, families, couples, and children.

What is your therapeutic model?

I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt therapy, and Family Systems. I create an inviting, warm, and supportive environment in the therapy room where clients have the opportunity to explore their own power within relationships. I believe that individuals are capable of living full lives where they can express themselves openly and freely in their relationships with family, loved ones, co-workers, friends, and others.

I am also a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and believe whole-heartedly in the power of body movement as a way of healing. I believe the “issues are in our tissues” and no method of healing is complete without uniting the body, mind, and heart. My therapeutic framework incorporates mindfulness, meditation, breathing, body movement, and body awareness.

Where were you trained?

I was trained at Southern Connecticut State University with an emphasis on Gestalt techniques and intensive self-of-the-therapist work. My personal philosophy on change involves using myself as a tool in the therapy room, dissolving preconceived notions about what “therapy should/shouldn’t be,” and building a strong client therapeutic relationship where the client is actively involved in their own treatment. I believe that we are all humans doing the best that we can and that therapy shouldn’t be shamed, feared, or stigmatized, but rather supported, encouraged, and admired.

“I am so glad to have been a part of this and to have had such a wonderful experience. Everyone was so open, it felt like a safe non judgmental environment. Thank you all for that component specifically” After The Women’s Self-Love Retreat on October 1st, 2016.

Nancy La Lanne

“I am so very grateful for Sat. I did not realize how much I needed that workshop. I have been sleeping better and I’m all around in a happier, more productive mood.” After The Women’s Self-Love Retreat

Julissa Perez