Marie McMahon, LPC-Intern, NCC, EAGALA
Therapy provides a space for us to show up for ourselves with curiosity and focused attention. Healing requires this. I believe that every person holds within themselves the questions and solutions that will lead to a deeper level of healing and meaning in life, and I seek to provide the space that facilitates this brave journey and exploration. I respect the light in everyone, and the need for good boundaries, patience, and compassion. The quality of the relationship between the therapist and client is a ground for experiencing unconditional care with healthy boundaries. My passion for this work comes from the experience of navigating my own healing journey and knowing that we can cultivate inner peace and love for ourselves and others.
At the Center at Heron Hill, EcoTherapy is at the heart of all of the services we provide. We operate on a farm where there is access to hiking trails, wildlife, gardening, archery, and all sorts of outdoor fun! We have horses, goats, pigs, cats, and a donkey named Rosa. It is my pleasure to bring horses into therapy sessions. They are co-therapists; utilizing their natural instincts and capacity for emotional attunement to support our own growth and awareness. I also love to integrate creativity and spirituality into my counseling practice. Those experiences that take us into our hearts and bodies can support us to cultivate deeper connections with ourselves and the larger world.
I have a Masters degree in Counseling from Portland State University, which is a 3 year intensive program. I have completed a 72- hour Certification program in Trauma Informed Services. I am highly aware of the prevalence of trauma and the need to address it safely and consciously. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors; this means that I passed the exam and requirements for the national standard of counselors. Finally, I am EAGALA certified to practice Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as a Mental Health Professional. The EAGALA model approach to equine therapy promotes emotional and physical safety, personal and relational growth, equal power dynamics, and individualized solutions.
My background includes teaching, art, and working with kids, teenagers, and adults in a variety of settings. I am a lifelong learner, and I love to read, listen to music, sing, dance, and paint.