Providing teletherapy to Maryland residents only for virtual sessions. Taking clients for evening appointments (5-8pm.
Marvida Lake, LGPC
Clients come to me looking for ways to improve mood, navigate social and family dynamics, and improve self-advocacy.
I use an eclectic combination of evidence-based approaches and theories to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to identify maladaptive thoughts and behavior patterns to promote positive change and Solution Focused Therapy assists clients with ways to apply their resourcefulness to mental health concerns. I also incorporate Humanistic therapeutic approaches to help establish a strong therapeutic relationship to work together to gain insight into behaviors, mood patterns, relationships, and beliefs that are contributing to distress and mental health disorders.
I have worked in clinical settings including individual, couples, and family counseling as well as, with LGBTQIA+ and Veterans populations. My work has centered around relationship issues, trauma (relational, physical/sexual, war, emotional, verbal), identity, rumination, hypervigilance, avoidance tendencies, acceptance, conflict resolution, seeking validation, low self-esteem, assertiveness and more. My use of these approaches allows clients to gain clarity on emotions, and develop effective self-care skills, and coping mechanisms for life stressors. Additionally, clients learn to establish and improve boundaries to promote holistic wellness. Clients experience me as engaged, caring, authentic, relatable, attentive, and non-judgmental.
As a therapist, my philosophy about mental health and overall well-being is everyone has unique experiences and strengths they can build on to live the life they aspire to have. Acceptance and patience in a therapeutic environment will foster a safe environment for personal growth. I create a therapeutic environment where clients can feel safe and respected and where they can be open and honest. I work to establish trust and work as a partner to individuals looking to gain insight and coping strategies. As a collaborator, I work with them to identify ways to promote positive change. I believe in raising
awareness of the positive impact counseling has on an individuals holistic wellness and combating the stigma of seeking help.
Regarding clinical presentations, I have worked with individuals who are living with anxiety, depression, family relationship disturbances, addiction, abuse, adjustment disorder, grief, and loss.
I earned a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State University.
I am certified by the National Certified Counselor and have a license from the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors.