A woman, a mother, a wife and a human being.
Mallory Zwerdling, LCPCc
Therapy with me:
I like to keep things casual. Reaching out for help and opening up to a stranger is incredibly difficult and I totally get that. I want to make this process as easy and as comfortable as possible for you. If you're too depressed to get out of bed and put on real clothes, let's meet online- I'll stay in my sweatpants too, in solidarity. If your scheduled session accidently coincides with baby's nap time, no problem, we can whisper over a walk and talk session while you push the stroller. Too nervous to talk about that really terrible thing you experienced without a dog or cat on your lap? Let's make that happen for you. Your session is yours to do what you like with. I'm cool with whatever you need to do in order to get the support you need.
How therapy will help you:
Whatever it is you're going through, I can help you sort through the scary thoughts and overwhelming feelings you're having.
I'll help you gain clarity and understand not only why and how you're affected by your experience, but what to do about it. This may take time, but if you do the work and trust the process, we'll get you to the other side of things so you can regain control and get back to a life you enjoy.
My style is client-centered, interpersonal and solution focused. By joining you in whatever space you're in, sometimes as a companion and sometimes as a guide, together we can discover the meaning behind your experiences, thoughts behind your behavior, and cultivate the growth needed to get you your desired outcomes.
A little about me:
I hold a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, am a Board Certified National Counselor, have specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and am the Maine state coordinator for Postpartum Support International (the leading resource for all things perinatal).
When I'm not seeing clients I can usually be found outside on adventures with my husband, baby and three dogs. I'm a terrible cook, have zero athletic abilities, can not keep a plant alive and typically neglect my domestic responsibilities until things absolutely must get done. My self-care activities include hiking, swimming, shopping, drinking red wine, ordering in restaurants, laying in the sun and fostering dogs in need until they can find their "fur-ever" homes.
Here are my three furry hooligans:
Harley (failed foster turned furbaby), Leena (my first child and forever princess, completely blind but still sharp as a tack) and Twin (he came with that name, failed foster turned furbaby). If we are doing a walk-and-talk session, you are welcome to request any one of these "emotional support animals" for companionship and snuggles. Be warned, they all have their own special needs, just like us.