Hi! I’m Maryanne, a psychotherapist, coach, and shamanic healer, committed to helping you find joy in your life.
My story is like the story of so many of you – hardship, struggle, and disappointments, as well as joyful moments, love in strange and surprising places, and opportunity when I didn’t expect it. I had to deal with abuse and prejudice, with my own limitations and the limitations of others, and on the way discovered how to live joyfully.
Did I always choose well? Not at all. And yet, here I am. In one piece. In fact, I’m whole – body and spirit. I’ve never felt as good and joyful and contented as I do now. And I can say, without hesitation, that no matter what it takes, or how long it takes, this journey is worth the struggle.
I started living on my own at 17, at a time in North-American history when women were expected to become mothers and home-makers. I knew the odds were against me, but I was determined to live life on my own terms, not dependent on anyone else! I naively believed that if I worked hard, I’d eventually gain the independence and recognition I craved. Well, I did gain independence and recognition, then loose it because I’d keep getting stuck, over and over, in the same old patterns. Then my marriage fell apart, I eventually lost my house, and I had had it! I believe I had to reach that low point in my life before I was truly willing to try something different. And I did – I re-ignited my passion for the spiritual, studying yoga and became a yoga teacher; I studied Gestalt Therapy and became a therapist, and I grew to appreciate the healing power of all spiritual paths.
I’ve experienced emotional pain, hardship, frustration, depression, anxiety and burn-out, and I’ve overcome all of these. I’ve been married and divorced; been a banker, project manager, business owner, house owner, potter, yoga teacher, philosopher, psychotherapist, and coach (Yes! I’m multi-passionate). I’ve loved them all, learned and grown from them all, and they help me help you!
Here’s what I believe about you
I believe that, no matter what your circumstances, you can achieve happiness and freedom in your life. It means commitment – 100% – a willingness to look at your shadows as well as your light, and the courage to act on what you learn. It isn’t easy – nothing worthwhile is – but believe me, it’s worth it.
“You were born with wings. Why continue to crawl through life?”
Are you ready for change?
I believe you can find your wings. Because I’ve seen remarkable things from ordinary people over and over. And because I saw it in myself.
I was in a 12-step program for 23 years. It’s hard to remember now how bad it was for me when I joined. I’d just lost my dream after staking everything I had on it, after moving across the country to start fresh. I felt alone and yet, for the first time in my life, free.
Then it all fell apart. I’d been through a lot of hard times by then, and couldn’t see my way through this last one. A year later, I was at my first 12-step meeting, feeling hopeless. I made it there because I was seeing myself – in defeat – turning into the people I’d seen growing up who ended up giving up on their lives. By the time I left that meeting, I felt like I’d entered another universe. I wasn’t filled with hope yet, but on my way.
And I never looked back. Yes, there have been more hard times. Yes, there’ve been setbacks and costly mistakes. Even long-term illness. I’ve lived through these and learned from them.
I remember while I was training to be a therapist at the Gestalt Institute, the then Executive Director JoAnne Greenham, told me that if she ever needed a guide through dark places, she’d want me. I got what she meant – I’ve learned how to make my way through dark places back into the light.
And that’s why I know that you can do the same.
“I knew life began where I stood in the dark, looking out into the light.”
~ Yusef Komunyakaa
I care about what happens for you. I want you to win, live joyfully, and take your power back. And I’m here to help you do that.
We’re in this together. This isn’t a job to me, and it won’t feel like one to you, either. We work together through those things that block you and stand in your way; by the time we’re done, you have it in you and can immediately begin to feel your life powered by you and no one else.
Yes, I charge, because this is also my business. I’m very grateful for being able to make a living doing what I love. And I offer a lot of 100% free content – guided meditations, newsletters, blogs, free giveaways and how-to videos.
Through my newsletters and blogs and other free content, my programs and one-on-one coaching, I’m doing this to make a positive difference in your life: to help you re-energize your spirit, taking back the power you were born with, and following your path with heart.
My goal is to make a positive difference in your life.
“I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more.”
~ Chief Joseph
Making a Difference …
I care about what happens to our community. My dream is to live among people in an world that is thriving. There are so many people around the world where this isn’t happening. In my own community, many of the Indigenous communities are suffering in ways that most of us don’t understand. To learn more, and discover how you can help bring your own community back into a healthy balance, visit Donate and Participate.
Now, I’d love to hear from you about your own experiences, knowledge, opinions. The best way to do this and stay connected with me and other like-minded people is to become a subscriber. Once you enter your name and email address, you’ll get a weekly newsletter that’s exclusively for you, along with other freebies that I periodically give away.
And, you’ll also get 7 short guided meditations (one for each day of the week) that help you begin every day with clarity, calmness and balance.
Thank you so much for your interest, and for connecting.
Maryanne’s Professional Bio
Maryanne is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), Certified Gestalt Therapist (Cert. GIT), and is currently in the process of becoming certified as a Martha Beck Life Coach. She specializes in helping people who are stressed, anxious or depressed, and to support this, has additional certification in Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Emotion Freedom Technique – Tapping (EFT), and Trauma & Attachment Psychotherapy. In response to client requests, she is transitioning to Life Coach from Therapist, adding the next step toward supporting growth and fulfillment in her clients.
Prior to becoming a full-time therapist, Maryanne was an executive manager and consultant.