Mariya “Mary” is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has always had a passion for working with people to solve and cope with problems in their lives. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Loyola University-Chicago, where she earned her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Social Work. During her educational career, she gained knowledge and experience in various settings, such as medical social work, case management, counseling, community outreach, and also worked with Holocaust Survivors. Mariya works with most populations, including teens, adults, and older adults.
Mariya’s social work career began when she started as an intern at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she provided case management services as part of the Medically Integrated Crisis Community Team (MICCS). As part of this team, Mariya provided intensive case management and therapeutic interventions in an effort to reduce inpatient, psychiatric hospitalizations and teach clients the skills and freedom to remain independent in the community. After receiving her Master’s degree, Mariya began working at Thresholds, as a Case Manager and later Team Leader, assisting clients in addressing issues regarding homelessness, medical and psychiatric illnesses, medication management, substance abuse, counseling, and client advocacy. She also worked at Holocaust Community Services, where she provided case management services, led groups, and one on one counseling services for older adults who were affected by the Holocaust. Currently, Mariya works as a Medical Social Worker in a nursing home setting. Mariya has experience working with clients suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, aging, phase of life changes, caregiver burnout, substance abuse, life and socioeconomic stressors, and relationship challenges.
Mariya believes that every single person is capable of change. Change happens when one is given the support, guidance, and skills they need to discover their strengths and use them to fulfill their potential to live a happy, healthy, and purposeful life. Mariya provides an environment of warmth, compassion, and support in order to aide clients in taking the necessary steps towards healing, in all aspects of their lives. All clients deserve an individualized approach from the best evidence-based approaches available. Everyone has unique needs and experiences; therefore, a unique healing approach is required for mental health well-being.
Mariya’s beliefs are strongly centered around keeping families together and figuring out ways to reunite, connect and thrive together. She understands socioeconomic struggles and how those affect our mental health well-being. Mariya believes that all individuals can find resilience within themselves and offers a culturally sensitive approach to her work. These beliefs and knowledge stem from Mariya’s personal background, as she emigrated from Ukraine as a child. Mariya speaks both Russian and Ukrainian.
Mariya uses the following approaches when working with clients: Psychodynamic theory, Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), and Multicultural perspectives.