Marilyn earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University and her Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Psychology, from Saint Leo University. She completed her internship in an inpatient psychiatric hospital and has since worked in community-based mental health.
Marilyn has experience working with adults and families in the following areas:
Marilyn is CANS certified. The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths is an information integration tool, intended to include multiple sources of information. As a strength-based approach, the CANS focuses on strengths instead of weaknesses to enhance, motivate and improve performance.
Marilyn is bilingual, fluent in Spanish, and uses a therapeutic approach called Reality-Based Therapy. This approach is a client-centered form of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy that focuses on improving present relationships and circumstances. Marilyn offers an empathetic and nonjudgmental environment where her clients feel safe in revealing their feelings or actions that have led to stress or tension in his or her life.
Marilyn previously worked with the Tampa State Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance program as a victim counselor. She also worked as a Director of Social Services in the nursing home industry focusing on the overall mental health and well-being of the elderly population.
Marilyn is passionate about her career and considers the most important need is to be loved, to have a sense of belonging, and then all other basic needs can be satisfied by building strong connections with others. She believes that while we cannot control how we feel, we can control how we think and behave. Therefore, individuals have the ability to change and take control of improving their own lives through learning to make better choices.