Mary-Joe Rivas

(LMHC)

About Me

Welcome.

I don’t know the exact details of what led you to click on this page but I think it’s safe to assume that it is because you are ready for a change. What comes to mind when you hear the word Therapy? Perhaps you don’t know what to think or have some preconceived idea of what it may be. Starting this process can be overwhelming as there is still a lot of stigma regarding experiencing mental health issues and going to therapy. This can leave one feeling so frustrated and lonely. However, taking this step in your life can change your life for the better.


My name is Mary Joe and I am a Bilingual (English & Spanish speaking) Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and Certified Yoga Instructor. I provide individual, family, and group counseling. My experience is in working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, addictive behaviors, grief and loss, and abuse and trauma. I use mindfulness I have gained my professional experience by working in a variety of settings including foster homes, outpatient, in-home, and addiction center which has allowed for a broad range of clinical skills.


My approach is one rooted in Holistic Philosophy in order for a client to discover hidden parts of themselves and integrate them in a profound way. I use a person –centered, solution focused, holistic and eclectic approach. This means I tailor treatment modalities to meet your specific needs by looking at the person as a whole rather than just fragmented parts. I combine evidence based techniques including solution focused therapy, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy. I integrate mindfulness techniques, meditation exercises, and role play scenarios for building skills and meaningful insights. My style can be described as warm and supportive. I will be present and listen to you fully ready to help you with the necessary feedback and guidance to help you tackle your struggles. This isn’t a quick fix, patch it up and be done with it kind of thing. Results don’t come overnight. Therapy success requires consistency, commitment, and investment and if you have these ingredients you will see immeasurable benefits.

I am constantly inspired and moved by the courage, honesty, and vulnerability that I observe with my clients. I am also grateful for the work I get to do with people and be a wtiness to profound and meaningful change. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals for therapy.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes

I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, ADHD

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LMHC #MH15992 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Reviews

Written by R.I. on Sep 07, 2019 after counseling with Mary-Joe for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Mary-Joe Rivas has given amazing tools to my partner and I. Using worksheets that are very helpful and informative and focusing on both sides of our issues. She is very easy to speak with and very professional. She makes you feel important no matter what for both of us. I appreciate the help she is giving my partner and I. She has definitely helped us by giving us many ideas to try and stuff to work on. We have only been talking with her a month and it’s made a difference. We look forward to continuing our sessions.