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Phyllis M. Maris, M.A. is a Licensed Psychologist; and LPCC-S, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervisory Credentialing with over forty years of experience working as a psychologist and counselor in agencies, as a consultant, and in private practice, Phyllis has done the majority of her work with children and their families but has maintained her interest in working with adults primarily through part time private practice at different times and a four year stint as a therapist at what was the Marymount Mental Health Center. Women’s issues have been her special interest.
Phyllis’ work with children has been with all ages, from the toddler years through young adulthood. She has had extensive experience with the preschool population, having served as a consultant to a number of Head Start and day care programs. She also provided consultation to a private school and an on grounds school at The Cleveland Christian Home. Over the years, she also has provided therapy to students and consultation to school personnel in Cleveland and many suburban school systems and has provided supervision to graduate and postdoctoral students in psychology.
The core of her practice has been in work with individuals, and family therapy with children and their parents and/or caretakers. She has a strong belief in team and collaborative work with the adults in children's’ lives and has found that collaborative approaches are often the most effective agents of change. Phyllis has experience in dealing with a broad spectrum of mental health disorders and issues--- anxiety, mood disorders, developmental issues—PDD, Aspergers—and with ADHD, ODD, children with learning problems/school issues, dealing with parental divorce, domestic violence, death and other losses. With initial training in psychodynamic therapy, she has had Gestalt training and training and experience in evidence-based therapies such as those dealing with cognitive behavioral and solution-based approaches, She describes herself as eclectic in drawing on her diverse training and experience to use what fits best with each client’s circumstances and needs.