Shine Brighter - Shine Brighter!

You've landed on a page that can lead to the therapy, counseling, and support you need. If you are seeking emotional wellness, improved relationships, peace of mind, and renewed work-life balance, Shine Brighter Writing and Counseling is a good resource to explore, offering therapy, wellness groups, personal coaching, and writing instruction to help your thought and words reflect your deepest truths and aspirations.

Shine Brighter, with locations in Richmond Heights, Ohio, and Beachwood, Ohio,, is a safe space in which your individualized healing process can begin.

If you are bereaved or mourning a loss:

Get individualized and/or group support so you can heal while honoring your loved one or lost opportunity.

If you are stuck or stymied creatively or in life choices:

Acquire strategies to move ahead.

If you are facing a mental health challenge from anxiety to depression, trauma to adjustment struggles:

Strive to thrive, using evidence-based interventions, hands-on tasks, and the creative arts to help you transcend pain and move forward.

If you have been in an invalidating, even abusive, relationship at home or at work, it's time to take stock of your strengths and find an ally:

I will listen to your story and serve as your coach as your recapture your confidence from the ground up.

If you are creative -- a writer, artist, musician, parent, teacher -- you are your own best instrument:

We can work together to get you back in tune. Individual and group sessions forming.

If you are a counselor, social worker, health care professional, or member of the clergy -- you are on output all week long:

You deserve a chance to vent, to share your struggles, and to explore your perhaps-overlooked victories.  

Please do not think you have to solve your problems in isolation. Don't let financial worries hold you back or the myth that you must go it alone. I work on a sliding scale and we are a team.

Though many answers are within you, it does takes a positive relationship to commit to truly listening to ourseleves and to blossom.

Therapy involves learning. Coaching fosters striving. Writing requires reflection. 

You know that one-size does not fit all in therapy. Miracle-working, sometimes confrontational TV show depictions of robotic psychologists and stuffy psychiatrists run counter to our instincts. A passive helper is not the best choice either. I am warm, encouraging, and have a sense of humor.  I relate well to women and men of all walks of life, and will customize a treatment approach to fit you and your situation. The results of therapy emerge from strategic teamwork, trust, mutual learning, and rapport -- not imposing outside interpretations or just offering dull silence.

For a 30-minute get-acquainted session -- whether you are seeking counseling, coaching, or other creative services, call me as your first step.

mariashine@hushmail.com   216-543-4891


May your words and life shine brighter.

Maria Shine Stewart, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
2013, John Carroll University (counseling)
1985, John Carroll University (English)






Maria Shine Stewart, M.A. John Carroll University, L.P.C. (Ohio) Licensed Professional Counselor