Maria Plecnik is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression/mood disorders, life changes/adjustments, trauma, OCD, relationship concerns, and women’s issues.
Maria received her Master’s degree in community counseling from Loyola University Chicago and has worked in community mental health and private practice settings. Her experiences include working with clients of various ages, diagnoses, and backgrounds in individual, family/couples, and group therapy. Prior to entering the counseling field, she worked in education as a middle school teacher and obtained a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as her Bachelor’s degree in education from John Carroll University. Her background in education and counseling psychology has led Maria to incorporate a blend of psychoeducation, skills development, and strategies to build insight into therapy sessions.
Maria utilizes multiple therapeutic modalities to promote client progress and healing including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness strategies. She strives to create a strong therapeutic relationship and safe emotional space while infusing evidence based treatments into therapy. Maria believes in making therapy a collaborative environment to identify and achieve treatment goals and takes an active approach in sessions to help clients find growth and change. Therapy is not one size fits all, and Maria works to incorporate compassion, humor, strategies, feedback, and authenticity to make sessions feel genuine and helpful to clients. She works to help clients feel seen, heard, and validated while also empowering them with strategies to use outside of sessions.