About Maryann dexter, lmsw
A true passion for helping individuals achieve relief and reach their goals through personal growth. With my experience in the field, I’ve successfully guided people through trying times using insight and direction, while providing an impartial ear when needed. You don’t have to stay stuck in your current negative situation – lasting change is possible.
Before becoming a therapist, I worked in the medical field for many years. As a medical assistant, I worked with many different physicians on their teams, from neurology to surgery and family practice. My experience in healthcare continues to serve me well today in my mental health role.
I have been a licensed social worker since 2018 and can presently offer my services online to clients in Michigan, Utah and Pennsylvania. I graduated from Rutgers University with a Master’s of Social Work and subsequently completed a 3,000-hour clinical internship at a local community mental health center. Previous experience includes work in the school system, crisis agency volunteering, and at small group practices.
As a therapist, I prioritize creating a supportive and understanding atmosphere for my clients. I am a real person that does not believe therapy needs to be a stuffy, clinical, and generic experience. I aim to make sessions feel safe, valuable, and judgment-free; to accomplish this, I give it my all to be genuine with each person. Will sessions feel awkward or uncomfortable sometimes? They sure will, but sometimes there needs to be some unpleasantness to get through the tough stuff. My goal always remains the same, to provide the best experience possible for every client.
I practice from a person-centered perspective, which means that I view the therapist-client relationship as a partnership. I believe that the client is the expert on their own life, and my job is to help them harness their strengths and resources to make changes. I also pull resources from Acceptance and
Commitment Therapy (ACT) and sometimes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), with a bit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) thrown in. These are all evidence-based approaches that have been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health concerns. If you have any questions about treatment modalities, please don’t be afraid to ask!
I strive to provide a calming, supportive environment for my clients. I am committed to being non-judgmental and respectful of my client’s stories as they work through their healing journey. Everyone is unique and deserves respect and compassion throughout the process. I am truly honored to be chosen as a partner in this journey of transformation.