Shine Brighter - Shine Brighter!
Maria Shine Stewart Pollack StudioAs a counselor and therapist my hallmark is compassion. If you are going through a difficult time, I am here in Richmond Heights, Ohio ... not only to listen to you but to support strategically, advise, and encourage.  I am skilled at diagnostics -- but you are never just a diagnosis to me. You are a person with strengths that can be harnessed to help you thrive.

Signs of struggle should be heeded: Getting out of bed with difficulty. A distracted manner. Lack of joy. Lack of passion. Daily tasks may require enormous effort. You may feel numb or very emotional. Your thoughts and feelings are not in synch. Or you may be tired despite getting sleep. Or sleep may be interrupted. Part of you is not truly at peace.

You are importantr: It's time to take care of you.

Therapy takes courage, and it is a sign of strength to get started. The choices you make -- and the insights you gain -- while in counseling may be challenging. The work you may have ahead may take your resources of heart, mind, and spirit -- but you do not have to go it alone. A solid therapeutic relationship can be a source of further strength. Growth is much better than stagnation!

mur deco appart FI offer a 30-minute, free get-acquainted session. Why not schedule and see if I am the therapist that is a good fit for you?

Techniques are just part of what I offer, and the process of mindfulness, positive psychology and some elements of behavior therapy (such as cognitive-behavior therapy and dialectical  behavior therapy) may be right for you.

On the other hand, other evidence-based approaches, including writing therapeutically, bibliotherapy, and related application of the arts may help you reach deep within and kindle your confidence.

I have a strong grounding in science as well as complementary therapies. I am also understanding of world religions and traditional and untraditional faith paths.

Whether you are battling anxiety, depression, bereavement, worry, trauma, or have a vague sense that "there should be more" in you life, you have taken the right step by searching online.

Additional services ... As a tutor/teacher I provide encouragement to overcome blocks, use multi-sensory approaches to learning, and model the skills you hope to master. I have experience guiding writers from aged 8 to 80 and beyond. Whether English is your first or third language, I can help you gain fluency. As an editor/writer, my strengths are writing with scientific content, web copy, feature writing, and concise documents.  I edit with care and flair.
A true helping relationship is built on rapport.  My dad chose the surname "Shine" to sum up hopes he had as an immigrant to the United States.

Let me, as a therapist and counselor, hold some hope for you. Soon, you may be renewed and feeling that hope for yourself, too.

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