Laura

Mary Cibelius, CADC, MA Intern

You know how some folks live their lives in broad strokes?  Well, I’m the exact opposite.  I love the details … every single one of them.   And when it comes to the therapeutic process, I’m all about the details of your life.  They matter to me.  You matter to me. 

As a person in recovery, I pay close attention to my inner workings and what makes me tick. 

With that said, my ability to help you connect your internal dots stems directly from me connecting my own dots.  Over the years I’ve had to learn to give myself compassion, understanding and lots of grace.  I bring these same qualities to the people who sit with me in counseling-I believe therapeutic healing must begin with unconditional acceptance and compassion.  My belief is that each of us is whole, possessing inherent worthiness.  Unfortunately, that is often corrupted by shame and judgment, limiting our ability to fully engage in our lives.  Moreover, it’s our efforts to hide our vulnerability that drives many unhealthy behaviors. With me, you’ll learn to be a little more comfortable with being vulnerable.  In fact, you may actually begin to see vulnerability as a strength and not a weakness.  Go figure! 

I support my clients’ inner search for authenticity and peace with a blend of experiential learning, classical therapeutic techniques enhanced by spiritual principles and soul-directed action plans.  This approach aims to release the guilt and shame which blocks the path to recovery.  Through this deep-healing process, clients are empowered to engage life from a place of worthiness, self-acceptance and belonging.  
As a clinical counseling Masters candidate, I'm drawing from the depth and breadth of my own personal recovery as well as my professional experience as a CADC (Addiction Counselor) and spiritual practitioner. 

My areas of interest are individuals who have issues with but are not limited to …

  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Process addictions and compulsive behaviors
  • Eating disorders
  • Spiritual questioning
  • Grief and profound loss
  • Facing catastrophic illnesses e.g. Cancer
  • Life transitions
  • Codependency and challenging relationship patterns
  • Financial issues and beliefs around abundant living