I am a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of practice, teaching and executive leadership experience. My Practice Principles are to Live with Courage, Be Guided by Integrity, Choose To Trust, Demonstrate Loyalty, and Do It with Excellence.
Currently accepting new clients! - You’ve always felt like you were different. You think about things more deeply than most people, you seem to feel things more deeply too. Often you find yourself appeasing others at your own expense because the idea of confrontation and asserting yourself feels so overwhelming. You hold yourself to really high standards and constantly compare yourself to others. In fact, you’ve gotten so used to being what other people want you to be that you aren’t even sure who you are anymore. You’re tired of relying on external validation and tired of struggling so much to speak up for your needs.
Clinically Licensed LCMFT therapist and Certified Heart Centered Hypnotherapist Maryann Petersen, encourages you to not struggle or suffer alone, but instead to get the help you deserve. She provides efficient, strategic, and confidential therapeutic care. Maryann's nurturing and compassionate qualities will guide you through the change you desire. Her focus will assist you to identify your strengths so you can grow, adapt, and thrive. Maryann values a holistic approach that motivates the development of insight, newness, and peace in your life.
Spence Counseling Center has over 15 Christian counselors in several locations throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas allowing us to serve more populations with a wider variety of issues. Through all the changes in all the years, our mission has remained the same: bringing help, healing, and freedom to the hurting, wounded, and lonely people of this world. As Spence Counseling Center moves forward into the future, our dedication to our mission remains the same as does our commitment to Christ-centered integrative therapy.
Though I have been working with elementary kids for the last several years, I enjoy working with all ages. I am open to working with people who have any number of concerns, including anxiety, depression, grief & loss, everyday issues, and more. I am open minded and believe that the participant holds the best judgement regarding their wants and needs. You, as the participant, know your goals. I am here to help you help yourself in achieving those goals. Social Justice is an important aspect of the NASW Code of Ethics. Because of this, I believe in working with marginalized folks to help them overcome societal barriers.
Everyone faces challenges and struggles in life. Sometimes talking with a professional in confidence is beneficial and necessary for personal growth and overall health and wellness. You are not alone! You have taken the first courageous step in seeking help and support. I am a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and have over 20 years in providing therapy to individuals, groups, couples, and families. Call me for a free phone consultation. If I can't help or if I'm not the right fit, I can help you find the right therapist for you.
At times we all struggle with feeling overwhelmed, down, or confused. Like physical health, our mental health is an important part of our over all well-being. When we are out of balance everything feels harder. I am a firm believer in the dignity and worth of all individuals. I also believe that the understanding of oppression is an important part of therapy and recovery is a social justice issue. I'm a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor. I have been in the field for over 15 years.
I have specialized in working with different ages over the past almost 3 decades and now get to work with them ALL. I creatively engage children/adolescents with interventions tailored to individual needs. I equip & support my clients' parents/guardians from a parent and clinician perspective. My favorite job of all time was directing a college counseling center as young adulthood is an ideal time for intervention to build resiliency and equip for the future. I want to meet adult clients in the midst of their challenges, crises, mental health struggles, and just plain life.
Congratulations on taking the FIRST courageous step toward dealing with your PAIN that is no longer working for you; or perhaps you like to grow and learn more about yourself; or you want to achieve HEALING from grief/loss related to major life changes. Painful symptoms related to trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, or relational issues are tough to tackle by yourself. By giving a non-judgmental and an empathetic therapist a CHANCE and Therapy time, change IS possible.
Thank you for visiting my page. Are you or a loved one going through a difficult time? There are times in all of our lives where we could all benefit from extra support. My focus is to help cater your treatment in ways that you find beneficial for you.
I am a firm believer in the idea that there is no problem too small, and understand that the path to growth and healing can be a scary one. In the words of Tiffany Roe, “you gotta feel, deal, heal.” I consider it an honor to walk this path with people and believe that there is hope in all stories. Whether your goal is to build coping skills, explore your past, or deal with specific symptoms or issues, I believe therapy can be helpful for you.
If you need relief from depression or anxiety, assistance in handling life's challenges, acceptance and support, or just a place to cultivate hope, I believe I can help. Life has its ups and downs, and everyone experiences difficult days. Sometimes things become overwhelming, and that is when seeking therapy may be the best choice. I have seen the power of therapy in promoting healing and building resilience. I value authenticity, which I bring to my practice, along with a caring, connected, and collaborative approach to helping you reach your goals.
Have you been feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and/or frequently stressed? Are you ready to gain more awareness surrounding old, unhelpful patterns? Therapy may not only help with the improvement of mental, but physical health as well. I would love to help you achieve better overall wellness. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who works with adults (18+) and primarily practices from a cognitive behavioral perspective. I also incorporate mindfulness techniques and deep breathing to help facilitate growth and progress in therapy.
My highest passion as a therapist is working with people who are seeking to live intentionally while effectively dealing with life stressors. As the expert of your own life, my job is to come alongside you and help access internal resources you already possess while also helping develop strategies to respond to life’s difficulties in a healthy way. I predominantly operate from the framework of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients identify their core values, and develop healthy thoughts and behaviors that allow clients to live in a way that aligns with their true character.
There is no arriving, only becoming. You have taken the first steps to arrive here where together, we can begin the deep inner work towards becoming your most connected self. We can develop a treatment plan collaboratively that would allow you to learn skills and identify patterns that are creating a disconnect in your life.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC
Are you ready for a change? Struggling to accept yourself as you are? Do you feel like you’ve explored the resources you have but still need some guidance to feel better? Life is overwhelming and it is easy for us to feel "stuck" or "lost" in decision-making, relationships, and in creating a life we genuinely enjoy.
Sometimes a life event knocks us off course and we struggle to find our way back. When dealing with the aftermath, the process can feel lonely and overwhelming. You find yourself wanting to feel better, but are unable to. You wonder how to move on without feelings of guilt or shame. It feels as if no one understands you or your situation.
Do you go to work each day with a knot of anxiety or dread in the pit of your stomach? Is your work stress affecting your confidence and spilling over into your personal life? Or maybe there are worries or emotional pain in your personal life that are also affecting your relationships or your work. Either way, I can help. We'll seek to better understand what's keeping you stuck, learn new strategies and identify your strengths to help you heal, overcome challenges and restore your confidence and well-being.
Is your child struggling to stay focused? Are they behaving without considering consequences? All behavior has meaning and in order to best support your child, it is important to gain a better understanding of why they engage in the behaviors they do. You may be wanting them to simply follow a direction, remain focused on tasks, or have healthier interactions with others. A comprehensive assessment will provide you with knowledge of appropriate resources and supports to set your child up for success and achieve goals attainable for them based on the unique individual that they are.
Do you have recent trauma or loss? As a certified Brainspotting therapist, we can focus releasing the painful emotions and reactions to recent trauma or loss that you no longer need dominating your life, if you're ready. These include grief (profound sadness, anger, shame, guilt, numbness and despair) anxiety, flashbacks, and depression. The further back the trauma the more challenging it can be, however I try hard to be supportive and help achieve the change you want. I have worked with all kinds of trauma with compassion. I seek to help you achieve vitality, peace, confidence and wholeness in your body.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Lawrence are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Lawrence then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Lawrence, or Child Psychologists in Lawrence.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Lawrence psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Lawrence specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.